Published On: Fri, Apr 10th, 2015

IB records show Nehru spied on Netaji’s family for 20 years

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The Union government spied on relatives of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for nearly two decades, according to two intelligence files that were recently declassified.

According to media stories Jawaharlal Nehru has put about 20 years of Spy on Nethaji Subhas Chandra Bose and their family. “The files show the IB resumed British-era surveillance on the two Bose family homes in Calcutta. 1 Woodburn Park and 38/2 Elgin Road.

The files, which were sent from the West Bengal government’s intelligence branch to the Intelligence Bureau, show that several members of Bose’s family were kept under surveillance between 1948 and 1968. The files were sent to the National Archives after being declassified in 2012.

Among the Intelligence Bureau officials who were kept informed about the surveillance of the Bose family were R N Kao, who went on to found the Research and Analysis Wing, and M M L Hooja, who later became the head of the domestic spy agency.

Much of the surveillance focussed on Netaji’s nephews Sisir Kumar Bose and Amiya Nath Bose, the sons of Sarat Chandra Bose. Both nephews were considered to be very close to Netaji.

The files contain many handwritten records of telephone messages regarding the movements of Amiya Nath Bose in Kolkata and Indian other cities such as Delhi as well as his foreign trips.

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