Gumnami Baba was not Netaji: DNA test report

Gumnami Baba was not Netaji: DNA test report
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Kolkata, Jun 23 (PTI) A DNA test conducted on the teeth allegedly of one Gumnami Baba has disproved claims that the Faizabad-based ascetic was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise, Justice M K Mukherjee Commission of inquiry said today.

Disclosing this here after its routine hearing, the commission said reports of a DNA test on the teeth conducted by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Kolkata, had apparently dismissed popular belief and claims that Gumnami Baba was Netaji himself.

The findings, however, did not conclusively prove wrong the Gumnami Baba theory as the teeth found from the home of the ascetic in Faizabad could not be confirmed to be his own, Justice Mukherjee, heading the one-man commission probing the mysterious disapperance of the great freedom fighter, said after a hearing at the historic Mahajati Sadan here.

The Commission said as per reports submitted by CFSL, Kolkata, the DNA profile of the teeth did not match the blood samples donated by Netaji's descendants for the purpose.

However, the report submitted by a Hyderabad-based laboratory on the same test said no opinion could be drawn due to insufficiency of samples.

Besides DNA test reports, reports submitted by three handwriting experts differed in their opinions on whether the alleged handwritings of the said Baba matched with that of Netaji.

Justice Mukherjee, who opened sealed reports of the DNA tests and handwriting experts during the hearing, said one handwriting expert found clear similarities while the other found partial similarities between the alleged handwritings of Gumnami Baba and Netaji. The report of the third one was invalid.

One of the handwriting experts - B Lal of Delhi, found striking similarities between the two handwritings, while N.Nag of Kolkata said the English handwritings were similar but not the Bengali ones.

Meanwhile, the Commission has been intimated by the External Affairs ministry that the head priest of Renkoji Temple in Japan has granted no objection to the conduct of a DNA test on the alleged mortal remains of Netaji, kept in a casket in his custody, by the Commission.

Justice Mukherjee said the Commission had informed the MEA of its decision to conduct the DNA test.

The Commission had also said it had no objection to the priest's request that a portion of ashes would be kept at the Temple if the test confirmed the ashes to be those of Netaji.

Justice Mukherjee said he would meet the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on June 24 in Delhi to discuss the issue.

The Commission, he said, also urged the Home Ministry to make available to it a copy of the diary of Lord Mountbatten, if necessary, through the Indian High Commission in London, ''as the said diary is urgently required to be pursued by the Commission'' in view of the facts and circumstances stated therein.

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