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Monday, April 18, 2016

At 116, Netaji's aide oldest man on planet?

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's aide, Nizamuddin, at 116 years of age, could be the oldest living man on the planet, going by the documents his family has submitted to State Bank of India's branch near Dhakwa village in Azamgarh district of UP. The bank has entered Nizamuddin's date of birth as January 1, 1900, which makes him older than the oldest man in 2016 as per the Guinness Book of Records: 112-year-old Israel Kristal of Israel.

While Kristal lived through the two World Wars before moving to Israel, Niza muddin fought for the country's freedom in Si ngapore and Burma (now Myanmar) as a so ldier in Netaji's Indian National Army (INA), before returning to his native Azamgarh from Rangoon in 1969. He also worked as Bose's driver and bodyguard. “We opened babuji's bank account at age of 116 years to see the happiness on his face. Also, the family has applied for pension,“ said Nizamuddin's son Akram Shaikh. The family submitted Nizamuddin's repatriation certificate from INA as age proof which the bank accepted. Nizamuddin's wife Habibunnisa, a Myanmarese national of Indian origin, is 109 years old.

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