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Get Wired 19/9: Netaji’s Mystery, Anand Rai Back, Phoolka Quits, and More

Netaji did not die in 1945 air crash: Mamata Banerjee

On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that recently declassified files released by her government contain letters suggesting that Subhas Chandra Bose might have been alive after 1945, when he mysteriously disappeared. She also demanded that the Centre declassify certain files that could help resolve the claimed mystery. “I did not get much time to go through the files. I have seen a bit of it and I have seen letters which were intercepted even after 1945 and documents which indicated that Netaji’s family was snooped upon,” Banerjee told the media.

Shots fired at fishing boats off Gujarat’s coast kills one fisherman

One fisherman was killed after being fired upon by the Pakistani Marine Security Agency on Friday morning off the coast of Okha, a coastal town in Gujarat, sources said. Bhatti Iqbal Abdul, the man killed, was on his way back from a fishing trip. Sources also alleged that the firing had been unprovoked, and that two Coast Guard vessels had been dispatched to the site of the incident.

MP government withdraws Anand Rai’s and his wife’s transfers

The Madhya Pradesh health department has cancelled the transfers of Anand Rai, among the principal whistleblowers in the Vyapam cash-for-jobs scam, and his wife Gauri. The state also assured the High Court on Friday that the couple would be reinstated to their original postings in Indore in a week. The instructions were revealed in a new affidavit, which also stated that they would also receive their salaries pending for the last three months.

Greenpeace probe put off

Following the Madras High Court’s decision to stay the ban on Greenpeace India’s FCRA license, the Home Ministry has put off the proposed CBI probe into alleged financial irregularities committed by the NGO in violation of foreign contribution laws. The debate centred on whether or not to go for a full-scale investigation into the NGO’s transfer of foreign contributions worth Rs.1.92 crore and Rs.1.96 crore to non-FCRA accounts and locking away foreign funds in fixed deposits.

RJD MLA on Dharna

Dinesh Kumar Singh, an Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA, sat on a dharna and threatened to commit suicide outside the party office in Patna Friday. His dharna comes amid reports that he may be denied a ticket for the upcoming Bihar elections. “I am only requesting Lalu Prasad to clear the air about me,” he said. Singh is an MLA from Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district who belongs to the Yadav caste and has been active with farmer issues in the state assembly.

Taliban attacks Pakistani air force base

A Taliban attack on a Pakistani military base on the outskirts of the north-western city of Peshawar killed 29 people. Among them, 16 were worshippers who were slain when the gunmen charged into a mosque inside the compound. Soon after, an hour-long firefight ensued in which Pakistani forces claimed they’d killed 13 of the attackers, although they weren’t sure how many were involved in the assault.

Phoolka quits AAP posts to focus on anti-Sikh riot cases

On Saturday, senior Supreme Court lawyer H.S. Phoolka announced that he was resigning from all posts of the Aam Aadmi Party but would remain a member of the AAP. In a press conference, he stated that he was stepping down to focus on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases that he has been fighting. Phoolka had joined the AAP in 2014 and had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Ludhiana that year.