Declassify Netaji files: Writer, family

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 13:45 hrs

Kolkata, Jan 23 (IBNS) After 67 years since his mysterious disappearance sparking a debate on whether he died in an air crash in Taiwan in 1945 or lived beyond, the family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and researchers on him said they demanded declassification of the reports on disappearance of the great freedom struggle hero.

Three commissions were formed by the Government of India since Independence of which two said that there was an air crash in Taiwan in which Netaji died.

Experts at a discussion here on Tuesday relating to the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, said the third commission of Justice Mukherjee Commission was most serious and it fought against the government and visited Taiwan to investigate the case.

Anuj Dhar, the author of the popular book India´s Biggest Cover-up, speaking at the discussion ahead of the 116th birth anniversary of Netaji (which falls on Jan 23) said from documents it was deduced by Justice Mukherjee that on 18th August 1945 there was indeed an air crash in Taiwan, but later he said that Netaji's death was not because of the air crash.

But all these reports, investigations were suppressed by Govt of India, he claimed.

He said there are about 100 secret files and of them a large number is with the PMO.

The government has said it does not want to release secret Netaji records for reasons of national security, according to the author.

In 2007 an RTI proceeding involving the Union Home Ministry revealed that the ministry alone had something like 70000 pages of classified material concerning Netaji's fate.

Many of those documents were classified as Top Secret.

Govt has destroyed records concerning Netaji's fate, the INA treasure and related subjects, alleged Dhar.

"Why is it so? Why all the records were suppressed?" he asked.

The speakers said there was a political interest for which Netaji's death were put in a ministry.

Netaji's grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose and Netaji´s daughter Anita Bose-Pfaff were present at the occasion.

Chandra Kumar Bose said, "Bose was above politics. So we should not politicise Subhas Chandra Bose. My kind request to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is to pressurise the Central government to declassify all the documents on Netaji's disappearance."

(Reporting by Pragya Mukherjee)

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