West Bengal govt has 64 secret files on Subhas Chandra Bose: Family
KOLKATA: Family of Subhas Chandra Bose on Monday claimed that the West Bengal government held 64 secret files related to Netaji and that chief minister Mamata Banerjee had not responded to letters about them.
"They have 64 files pertaining to him. If they are made public, we will get a lot of information on him. We demand that these files should be declassified immediately," family spokesperson Chandra Kumar Bose told reporters.
"We had once written a letter to her (Mamata) but she didn't even reply. We want an appointment with her, but she doesn't even respond," family member Madhuri Bose said on the 70th foundation day of the provisional government of Azad Hind.
"If the state government isn't releasing files on Netaji, how can we ask the Central government to release files? It is the responsibility of both the governments to reveal all the records," said researcher Anuj Dhar, who has written three books on the life of Netaji.
In an earlier disclosure under the RTI appeal made by 'Mission Netaji', a Delhi-based research trust, the Prime Minister's Office had admitted that it was holding 33 secret files concerning Netaji.
The leader had escaped from house arrest by the British in 1941 to seek international support for India's freedom struggle. After organising the Indian National Army with Japanese help he went missing in 1945, giving birth to India's most debated mystery.
He was last seen at the Bangkok airport on August 17, 1945.
The Mukherjee commission formed by the Centre had rejected that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.