The first information gleaned from the 64 de-classified files by the West Bengal government reveal that Netaji was alive till 1964, ironic but coinciding with the lifespan of Nehru himself.
Ending the controversy on classified information on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose maintained by the intelligence officials since 1945, the West Bengal government on Friday declassified 64 files in its possession.
They have been digitised before made public at Calcutta Police Museum, in the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police, North Division on 113 APC Road. On Friday, the files will be open only to Bose family and the media.
“Making the files public was quite a big task. There are 64 files which contain 12,744 pages and it has to be digitised before making public,” said Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Police Commissioner of Kolkata.
A CD of the digitised files was also given to the members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, including his grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose and former MP Krishna Bose. Netaji was alive till 1964, revealed the much-awaited 64 files maintained by the intelligence officials on freedom icon Netaji Sbuhas Chandra Bose were made public today by the West Bengal government.
Based on similar inteligence files unclassified or done so by mistake have revealed that the family of Netaji’s family was under surveillance and all letters to them from abroad were scrutinised before reaching the recipients.
Even Netaji’s grand-nephew Chandra Bose said Gandhi knew the secret about Netaji. “Gandhi insisted that the Bose family should not perform the shraddh because there is a question mark regarding Subhas Bose’s death.”
The secret files on Netaji declassified in Kolkata on Friday reportedly provide some circumstantial evidence that he was alive till 1964. In fact, this corraborates with the earlier contention of the American intelligence report released in the early 1960s that Netaji, in his mid-60s, could have returned to India after Nehru’s death, sometime in 1964.The report was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) or the predecesor of the US intelligence agency CIA.
To evade his arrest as war criminal and subsequent trial by the Allied powers, it was suggested that he remained incognito and stayed “where he is”. It was also rumoured that he lived in Faizabad as Gumnami Baba and that some veterans were aware of it.
In fact, the main File No. 12(226)/56-PM regarding ‘Investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Subhas Chandra Bose’ was destroyed in 1972 when Congress was in power in West Bengal and Siddharth Shankar Ray was chief minister, said reports.