Update– CM Mamata Banerjee visits Kolkata Police Museum to see the files. CM is likely to address the media shortly.
Kolkata: In historic and bold steps, West Bengal Government declassified 64 files on Friday relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra and brought them into public domain. The files are kept at Kolkata police Museum, city police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha said on Friday.
As per reports, out of the 64 police, 9 are crucial as they contain intelligence inputs which may thorw light on the fate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose – the most important question being whether the founder of Indian National Army died in a plane crash in Taiwan in August 1945. In this file, there is no document on Bose accident but Mukherjee Commission said that the accident occurred in Taipei on 18th August 1945.
The digitalized version of 64 files is handed over to Bose family members. Acknowledging that there was a long-standing demand for the declassification of the files on Bose, CM Mamata Banerjee said on September 11 there might be one or two more files in the possession of the government.
“A total 64 files are there with us. There may be one or two more files also. After properly reviewing all the files, we have decided to put them in the public domain,” she said. She also added that we decided to release the files so that everybody can see them. We don’t feel that there is anything related to internal security in the files. Everybody wants to know about what happened to Netaji. He was a brave son of our soil and he was from Bengal.
Recently, some files relating to Bose, declassified by the central government, had revealed that the Ministry of Home Affairs had snooped on at least two of Netaji’s nephews. The files revealed that the Intelligence Bureau had kept the relatives of Netaji under close surveillance between 1948 and 1968 when Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister.