Now that the 64 intelligence files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were released on Friday by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Netaji’s family, which has been given access to see them in a CD first, said they were indeed under surveillance and that there is an international conspiracy behind his death.
Essentially, the 64 files reveal nothing. Unless all the 130 such classified files with the Centre and 46 files in different locations including Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam) and Siberia are brought together, there is no concrete evidence to say that he was alive after the air crash.
About 55 files made public today are of West Bengal crime branch and 9 files are of Intelligence Bureau and it is established beyond doubt that the family was under surveillance by 14 IB officials till 1964.
It means, all the 12,744 pages contain nothing beyond what we already know. About 130 such classified files are with the center, which the family says should be made public and met the PM during his visit to Kolkata recently.
is and about 46 such files are at diffrent international locations. Unless all those files are declassified, it would be difficult to shed light on Netaji’s mysterious disappearance in 1945 and many other facts related to him.
Interestingly, a file No. 12(226/56PM) has no papers in it and suspicion is that it had contained Nehru’s name or references to him. In another file a reference to Biju Patnaik was found and he was apparently being protected.
As per the official version, Netaji was killed in an air crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945. Japan endorsed the version and said it collected his ashes and kept them at Renkoji temple in Tokyo suburbs.
Today, after the files were opened to the public, the family has realised that what researcher Anuj Dhar said years ago that the family was under surveillance was reiterated by the declassified Netaji Files. What else? Nothing new, going by the showcased manuscripts.
All that the family said was that there is a foreign hand in Netaji’s mysterious death just three days after Japan’s surrender to the Allies on August 15, 1945.
Back to square One?
Now that the 64 files reveal that the family was under surveillance, is there any other concrete evidence to show that Netaji, who was suspected by the US and UK governments to be alive somewhere?
That leaves us as much ignorant as was the family. Unless PMO reveals the so-called 130 files, not even a single trace of thread to Netaji can be reached.