THRISSUR:With the person who possesses a document presumably prepared by a team who were closely associated with the Indian National Army (INA) of Subhas Chandra Bose presenting its original, several fascinating facts with regard to the organisation that fought a armed war for the country’s independence and its leaders have come to light.
Even though Anto Kokkat a retired joint BDO and a public worker put up at Kanimangalam near here had issued a press release containing certain excerpts of the document, he had then refused to present the document before the media.
The document, which Kokkat shared with ‘Express’ on Sunday begins with a third person narrative of a worker who did various jobs in Burma and Singapore during the 1940s and the atrocities meted out in the farms owned by British in these countries. It has a chronological description of the activities of Indian Independence League (IIL),INA, Provisional Government of Azad Hind, Azad Hind Bank and also details of various resolutions passed at different conferences conducted in between 1940 and 1946 by IIL in which several leaders of South-East Asian countries took part. All the conferences were held with the aim to form a formidable coalition in the region to fight the British. Anto, who received the valuable document with historic importance from INA’s radio officer P K Paul, who was a resident of Thommana near Irinjalakkuda and worked in Burma with INA in 1940s, said that he had done several researches after getting the document from Paul in 1970 and has found that the document has interesting facts like Azad Hind Bank contributing as many as Rs 10 lakh to the Burmese Government on behalf of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind headed by Subhas Chandra Bose at a situation when the British took control of Rangoon.
The document also has detailed description on how five officials of the INA crossed over to the British side and passed on to them strategic information about the army at a crucial juncture of the war to free India in 1945.Going through all the chapters of the document which was seemingly composed using Halda and Remington typewriters, one could reach an assessment that Paul had prepared the document with the assistance of a team that had first-hand knowledge about the functioning of IIL and INA. Some communication between Major Fujiwara of Japan and Premiers Tojo and K Koiso are also part of the document.