NEW DELHI (TIP): The making public of 64 new files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose by the West Bengal government has renewed debate on the disappearance of the legendary freedom fighter. The newly released 64 classified files with over 12,000 pages are now on display at the Kolkata police museum.
These files have been digitized and the digital version will be available to public viewing. The documents are expected to throw light on one of the most talked about mysteries of modern history. Until now the belief was that Bose had died in a plane crash in 1945 in Taipei, Taiwan but with the new documents released recently, speculations are rife that he did not die in the plane crash.
“We know the birth date of Netaji but not his death date. It’s unfortunate and unbelievable. The Centre has many files which should be made public,” an NDTV report quoted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as saying.
In his Mann Ki Baat radio address, September 20th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoided a direct comment on the released files or the declassified files which are in the National Archives in New Delhi.
Members of Netaji’s family said that a first look at the documents confirmed what they had suspected for almost 70 years, that the Bose family was spied on by the government, the NDTV report said.
The digital version of the released files was handed over to the family of revered freedom fighter.
“I was able to look at the snooping files. There was surveillance on my father Amiya Nath Bose, Shishir Bose and Arabindo Bose. Why should there be surveillance on members of Bose family and Netaji’s followers?” Netaji’s grand-nephew Chandra Bose was quoted as