West Bengal Government has announced to exhibit 64 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose this coming Friday. These are those files which resides with State’s Home Department. The announcement was made by Chief Minister of the State Mamta Banerjee on 11th September.
Banerjee addressing the media said ‘We have 64 files on Netaji with us, which will be revealed by next Friday, after a proper review’. She also declared to digitalize records of freedom struggle from 1937 to 1947 for preserving history.
According to Indian Express Mamta Banerjee said ‘We want to maintain transparency and accountability, we don’t feel that there is anything related to internal security in the files. Netaji was a brave leader of our soil and everyone has right to know what actually happen to him’.
India only knows when Subhash Chandra Bose was born, but they don’t know when he died and under what circumstances.
The files will be transferred to Kolkata Police Achieves, will be kept on display at Kolkata Police Museum.
A family member of Subhash Chandra Bose and former Trinamool Congress MP, Krishna Bose has welcomed the decision made by State Government. She said ‘It is a good decision, but I feel that these files do not the contain real truth, other than his dealing with police agents shadowing Netaji’s life, while he was in Kolkata. However the decision will give direction to central government’.
The other media reports say Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose has written number of letters to Prime Minister and Chief Minister. Only Chief Minister has given a positive response on the matter, while Central Government is not responding over the matter.
In January 2014, Rajnath Singh, the then BJP president on his visit to Cuttack on Netaji’s Birthday, publicly claimed that soon the files on Netaji lying with the central government will be declassified.
The BJP government after coming to power, responded to RTI query on Netaji files, by refusing to declassify the files. The disclosure of the document will affect relations with foreign countries. As such it is exempted from disclosure under the RTI act, said PMO in a statement made on December 2014.