WB government to release 64 classified files on Netaji
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced the declassification of 64 files on Netaji Subash Chandra Bose which were lying with the West Bengal police all these years. “The files will be put on the public domain from next Friday,” she said. She also announced that the files dating back to the years from 1937 to 1947 would be digitized.
Addressing the media, the chief minister said that the files would be displayed in the Kolkata police Museum from Friday and would be open for the public. All 64 secret files those are with West Bengal government would be transferred to the Kolkata Police Archive.
Bureaucrats at the Prime Minister’s Office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs have so far stonewalled attempts to access the classified files that can throw light on Netaji’s disappearance.
The Centre has 130 files and is yet to take a decision on whether to make them public despite amid clamour from a number of circles.
“The state government has a number of files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. There is a huge curiosity among the public to know what is in those files. The state government also wants that people should want more about Netaji. I have decided to put the files in the public domain from next Friday at the police archive at the office of the DC North of Kolkata Police,” Banerjee added.
“This state government believes in total transparency and therefore, we have decided to put them out in the public domain,” she added. She also said all documents between 1937 and 1947 are being digitised.
To the public, a section of his family as well as some historians, the news of his “death” was largely unacceptable due to insufficient evidence and since Bose in his numerous escapades had proved to be a master of disguise.