Lucknow : Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission has setup an inquiry into the reality of Gumnami Baba or Bhagwanji of Faizabad, who was suspected to be Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise, has started recording the statements of the family members of the erstwhile commander of the Azad Hind Fauj. Yesterday, Jayanti Rakshit, the grand daughter of Sarat Chandra Bose (the elder brother of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) was the first witness of the family to depose before the Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission. Jayanti, accompanied by her husband Amiya Rakshit, did not submit any affidavit before the panel, but only recorded oral statement at the residence of Justice (Retd) Vishnu Sahai. During her oral submission, sources here today said, ''Jayanti had said that after reading the book of Anuj Dhar 'India's Biggest Cover Up' she felt that there is a need for a big inquiry into Netaji's missing mystery.'' Jayanti's sister Tapti Ghosh from Bangalore would also submit her statement before the commission very soon.
The grand niece of Bose further mentioned in her statement that she and her husband and sister visited Ram Bhawan in Faizabad as it was mentioned in the book and spoke to a large number of people in Faizabad, whose impression was that Gumnami Baba was Subhash Chandra Bose. "Thereafter, I went back to Kolkata and talked to Bijoy Nag and Surojit Das Gupta, both hailing from families of freedom fighters, who used to visit Faizabad every year on January 23, the birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose," said Jayanti. She added there was a curtain separating the two-room accommodation of Baba at Ram Bhawan and visitors used to speak to him from the other side of that curtain. Citing Surojit Das Gupta, Jayanti said in her statement, "One day, while talking to Gumnami Baba, the curtain moved aside, and he found that the person who was sitting in the room was Subhash Chandra Bose.
" She also mentioned about her meeting in Faizabad with Rita Banerjee, daughter-in-law of late Dr P Banerjee and also her mother Beethi Chatterjee. Social activist Arvind Sharma also appeared before the commission and urged to get the DNA testing of the crematory remains of Gumnami Baba done. He would submit his statements later. 'Mission Netaji' members Anuj Dhar, Chandrchud Ghose and Sreejith Panickar would be submitting their statement today. UP government has set up the Commission on the direction of the Allahabad High Court. Gumnami baba died on September 19,1985 and his funeral was taken out wrapped in the Indian tri-colour and the cremation was done at the Guptar ghat on the banks of river Saryu.