NEW DELHI: The West Bengal government on Friday declassified 64 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The files were handed to the family members first and also kept on display in a police museum in Kolkata.
However, the files will be allowed for public viewing only by Monday. The documents are believed to be in over 12,000 pages.
"The files related to Netaji have been placed in the archives of Kolkata police museum. There are about 64 file that contain 12,744 pages. The entire files have been digitised and the original files have been kept in the police museum," Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha told the media here.
"It was quite a big task because in a short period of time we had to digitise entire files," he added.
CD's of digitized form of 64 files relating to Netaji were distributed among public and to the family members of Netaji.
"I would like to congratulate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for taking such a bold step by releasing Netaji's files," Netaji's grand nephew Chandra Bose was quoted as saying by ANI.
The secret files on Netaji may contain enough circumstantial evidence that he was alive till at least 1964, sources disclosed to the Times of India earlier.
An American intelligence report prepared in the early 1960s suggests that Netaji could have returned to India sometime in February 1964 — 19 years after it was claimed that he died in an air crash in Taihoku, Taiwan. Though Russia is not mentioned, Netaji researchers believe American intelligence units had learned about his imminent return from Russia via China. He would have been 67 years old at the time.
Among the contents of the 64 files is another US intelligence report on Netaji's escape from house arrest on January 16, 1941.