India is resorting to DNA tests to crack the mystery surrounding the death of nationalist leader Subhash Chandra Bose 60 years ago. Last week, Mr Justice Mukul Gopal Mukherjee, heading a judicial commission investigating the controversial circumstances of Bose's death, ordered DNA tests which will compare blood samples from his relatives to his supposed remains lying in Tokyo's famous Renkoji temple. Bose escaped from India in 1941 and secretly met Adolf Hitler in Berlin to seek his help to drive the British from his homeland. When the Nazi leader turned down the request, he approached the Japanese. He travelled by submarine to Singapore, where with Japanese help he created the Indian National Army comprising Indian soldiers of the British army who had been captured by the Japanese in Southeast Asia during the second world war. Bose was reportedly killed on August 18, 1945, aboard a Japanese bomber that crashed just after takeoff from a military air base in Taipei en route to Moscow. The official version states he was cremated and the ashes preserved in an urn at the Tokyo temple. But millions of Indians, particularly Bengalis led by the Forward Bloc (FB) - the political party founded by Bose - refused to believe that he perished in the crash. The government set up two inquiry commissions in 1954 and 1970 to try to unravel the mystery and both concluded after hundreds of depositions that Bose died in the crash. However, two years ago the FB forced Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to launch a third investigation. The controversy deepened last month when the Taiwanese government revealed that not a single plane, civilian or military, crashed at the Taipei airport between August 14 and October 25, 1945. The latest probe ordered DNA tests on Bose's five surviving relatives, whose blood samples will be compared with DNA taken from the remains.