With hours to go before the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal declassifies 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Friday, all eyes are now on the Union government, which has in its possession another such 135 files.
Mamata is expected to formally release the files at the Kolkata Police Museum at Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road where they will be made available for the public to peruse. The government has also taken up an initiative for the digitisation of these files.
Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose confirmed that he had been invited for the release of the files and added that the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) had tentatively agreed to meet them. “I have received communication from the PMO and we have decided on a tentative date. Already some of the files have revealed that our family was being spied on by the Indian government. With the Centre, hopefully looking to declassify the documents in its possession, more revelations will only make things clearer,” he claimed.
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Krishna Bose, a former Trinamool Congress MP and Netaji’s family member, added that she had also been invited to the function. “I hope that the NDA government will follow the example set by the West Bengal government and declassify the files in their possession”.