.........KENDRAPARA: An impressive collection of memorabilia on Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is gathering dust in the house of a lawyer at Kendrapara due to lack of Government support.The Netaji Museum of 55-year-old lawyer Mohammad Mustaque houses several rare photos, document, coins, newspaper clippings and other artefacts of the freedom fighter at Badahat village under Kendrapara municipality.
Among the items on display is an old photograph of Netaji with family members of Ashok Banerjee, a lawyer from Cuttack. Taken in 1935, the picture depicts a four-year-old Banerjee sitting on the lap of the freedom fighter.
The one-room museum also boasts of two rare coins which the Government minted to observe the centenary of Netaji in 1997. This apart, Mustaque also possesses three coins in which the centenary year was wrongly mentioned as 1996 instead of 1997.Other items in the museum include a homeopathy box, Muguni (granite) glass and lantern used by Netaji which Mustaque procured from Abdul Hamid Hazzari of Korei village 10 years back. Hazzari’s grandfather was a close associate of Netaji.