something to improve the relation between Japan and Russia and it might reduce themenace Japan is facing from Manchurian side.”
Later Netaji made a secret trip to Russia in December 1944, met Stalin andMolotov and established a center of
Provisional Government of Free India
under its consulate Kato-Kachu.
USSR had allowed a center of Provisional Government
of Free India at Omsk in spite of being an ally to USA and UK in Second World War
Ref: (i)WO 203/4673HS/SEAC/591 dated 19.10.1945 Public Records Office, London (ii) File INA 273 Exhibit 242, page-12
Netaji’s plan of shifting his base to Russian Territory was a well thought move, discussed thoroughly with top Japanese Army Commanders and approved byStalin and Molotov
(then Russian Foreign Minister) in 2
week of August 1945 through Jacob
Malik (then Soviet Ambassador to Japan).
Field Marshal Count Terauchi, Commander-in-Chief Southern Command of JapaneseQuantung Army(starting from Burma, Thiland, China to Manchuria) and close relative of Emperor of Japan – Hirihito,had great respect and affection for Netaji. He instructed General Isoda to help Netaji to reach Russian Occupied Territory in Manchuria on his(Terauchi’s) own responsibility and directed Lt. General Shidei to accompany Netaji.General Shidei, who knew Russian language and Manchurian topography very well, was goingto take command of Quantung Army in order to have a peaceful surrender of Japan to RedArmy.
A secret meeting of Netaji, Col. Habibur Rahman and Japanese Generals Isoda andHachaiya took place behind closed doors in the house of Shri Narain Das, former local chief of IIL, to workout details of the PLAN . The rest of the INA officials were notprivy to the content or subject of that meeting. Netaji’s further plan, to reach Russiathrough Manchuria and declaration of plane crash to be announced later, was decided inthis meeting. It was also decided that General Shidei will look after Netaji up to Dairen.
In the evening of 17th August 1945 at 5.45 PM, Netaji took leave of his Staff atSaigon Airport and boarded the Japanese Bomber Plane with General Shidei and Col.Habibur Rehman. Plane reached Dalat, Headquarter of Field Marshal Terauchi – theSupreme Commander of Japanese Quantung Army. Thus, Netaji and General Shidei were separated from others. Nobody went to Taihoku, hence there was no Plane
(Taiwan Government has confirmed that there was no plane crash on Matsuyama Airport of Taihoku from
14.08.1945 to 25.10.1945.)
Lt. General Hikosaburo met Russian Major General Shelakor
to workout peaceful surrender modalities of Japanese Quantung Army of 7 Lakh and safehandover of Netaji.