On January 23 1975, the 78th birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose , Phoolbagh in Kanpur was jam-packed with thousands of people who had been eagerly waiting to see the "resurrection" of their beloved leader -- the man who promised freedom for blood and led the Azad Hind Fauj.It had been announced earlier through pamphlets, hoardings and word of mouth, which went on for months, that Netaji would resurface on the said day at the venue. After several hours of suspense, a man, advanced in age and with a long-flowing white beard, appeared on the dais. Suddenly, almost from now here, there were shouts from a motley group that screamed: "Netaji zindabad".
There was absolute silence in the crowd for the next few minutes as people stood silent, stunned in disbelief. But as soon as the man supposed to be Netaji began to speak, there was a volley of shoes and stones hurled at him. As he tried to run for cover, he was caught and thrashed severely by the people who had converged to catch a glimpse of Subhash Chandra Bose and felt outraged at the betrayal. Had police not intervened in time and whisked the imposter away, he would have been lynched that day.