March 30, 2016 1:24:38 am
Two months after the BJP government made online 100 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a fresh set of 50 files was made available online on Tuesday by MoS Ministry of Culture Mahesh Sharma. These files include 10 files each from the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Home Affairs, besides 30 files from the Ministry of External Affairs.
“2nd batch of 50 declassified files relating to #NetajiSubhasChandraBose releases today,” Sharma tweeted earlier on Tuesday.
The earlier batch of 100 files was released on January 23, the birth anniversary of Bose. All these files show that successive governments have taken an official stand that Bose died in a plane crash in 1945.
A file released Tuesday contains submission and letters by individuals to the Government of India, raising speculations that Bose is alive and possibly in “custody” in the USSR. It contains the government’s response refuting these rumours. Deputy Minister of External Affairs Dinesh Singh had given a statement in Rajya Sabha on August 17, 1965, over the “whereabouts of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose”. He noted that an official enquiry committee was set up in 1956 “to investigate the facts relating to the reported death” of Bose.
“The committee, after examining all the evidence, had presented a report which established that Netaji actually died in the air accident in 1945. Government is satisfied that there is no need to hold further enquiry,” he was quoted in the file.
Another file released is about the alleged status of Bose as a prisoner of war. The papers show that the Government of India has reached the conclusion that he was never taken a prisoner of war. An MEA note from 1967 quotes MoD as saying “they have no information as to whether Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was declared a prisoner of war”.
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