West Bengal government releases Netaji files, digitised copies distributed among public, family members


The West Bengal government on Thursday released 64 classified files related to the freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

CDs of digitised form of 64 files relating to Netaji being were distributed among public and Bose family members.

Kolkata Police Commissioner, Surajit Kar Purkayastha, said that all these files were declassified now and had been kept in Kolkata Police museum in their original form.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on last Friday had announced that her government would make as many as 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose available in public domain, a week from now.

Talking to reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee had said, “We have decided to put in public domain all government files on Netaji that we have. All files concerning Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be in public domain from next Friday. West Bengal government has decided to make all files and documents concerning Netaji public. We know Netaji’s date of birth. We have no idea about his death. People deserve to know about his last days.”

Making files on Netaji has been a thorny issue between the West Bengal government and the BJP-ruled Centre after bureaucrats at the prime minister’s office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs were accused of stonewalling attempts to access the classified files that can potentially throw light on Netaji’s disappearance.