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No record of Netaji’s stay in Soviet Union: Declassified files

There was no record of Subhash Chandra Bose staying in Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter, according to a new set of 25 declassified files on Netaji released here on Friday.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2016 21:25 IST
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There was no record of Subhash Chandra Bose staying in Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter, according to a new set of 25 declassified files on Netaji.
There was no record of Subhash Chandra Bose staying in Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter, according to a new set of 25 declassified files on Netaji.(File Photo)

There was no record of Subhash Chandra Bose staying in Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter, according to a new set of 25 declassified files on Netaji released here on Friday.

The revelation challenges a belief that Bose had fled to Russia and was not killed in an air crash in 1945 in Taipei.

In a letter, dated January 8, 1992, to Indian Embassy in Moscow, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Russian Federation has said, “...according to the data in the Central and Republican archives, no information whatsoever is available on the stay of the former President of Indian National Congress Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the Soviet Union in 1945 and thereafter”.

The disappearance of Netaji 70 years ago remains a mystery, with two Commissions of Inquiry concluding that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945 while a third probe panel, headed by Justice MK Mukherjee, had contested it and suggested that Bose was alive.

Culture Secretary NK Sinha released online the sixth batch of 25 declassified files related to Netaji.

The present batch of 25 files pertains to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) during 1952-2014.

The first lot of 100 files related to Netaji were put in public domain by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23 on the occasion of the 119th birth anniversary of Netaji.

The second lot of 50 files was released in March and 25 files each were put in public domain in the subsequent months.