By NewsGram Staff Writer
The mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance has taken a step forward to being unravelled with the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing the decision to publish the state government files on the Indian National Army (INA) leader.
Beginning September 18, all documents pertaining to the freedom fighter will be made available at the city police station.
“The mystery surrounding Netaji continues to be unsolved. So whatever files we have we will declassify which may help in unravelling the mystery,” Banerjee told reporters at the Secretariat today.
Speaking on the impediments concerning the prospective declassification, Banerjee said that the documents did not relate to any issues concerning internal security or the like and that she herself was unaware about their existence.
“Even we were not aware that we had such files. We believed all such files on Netaji were with the central government. Nobody before bothered or gave a thought that files on Netaji can also be with the state government.
“Going through other files we came across these documents and we decided to make them public. It is a big decision,” Banerjee stated.
The announcement from the West Bengal chief comes in the backdrop of massive campaigns being staged by a host of Netaji descendants and researchers for disclosing the secret files on Netaji.
According to the campaigners, over 100 such files lie with the central government and at least 64 files with the Bengal government.
Open Platform for Netaji (OPN), a forum comprising a host of descendants of the nationalist leader and researchers is one of the major campaigners for the declassification of the secret Netaji files.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the decision. It is a great decision and will pave the way in unravelling what actually happened to Netaji. I think her decision will also prompt the Centre to take a decision in this regard,” said Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji’s grand nephew and convenor of Open Platform.
Experts associated with Netaji also feel that Mamata Banerjee’s decision is a step in the right direction, especially considering the fact that bureaucrats at the prime minister’s office, home ministry and ministry of external affairs have so far stonewalled attempts to access the classified files that can throw light on Netaji’s disappearance.
“Banerjee’s decision will create pressure on the Modi government to release the files,” says Anuj Dhar, author of ‘India’s Biggest Cover-up’.
“Most of the important files that can really blow the Netaji cover-up are with the central government. Mamata Banerjee has given a huge boost to our fight for declassification. This will surely create pressure on the Modi government,” Dhar said.
(With inputs from IANS)