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Netaji's family meets Modi, hopeful of declassification of files

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met family members of Subhash Chandra Bose in Kolkata on Saturday and assured them of his support to their demand of declassification of the Netaji files.

india Updated: May 10, 2015 02:19 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the family of Subhas Chandra Bose during his visit to the city, and again assured them of his support to their demand of declassifying all the Netaji files.

"We told him that we want full declassification of files related to Netaji. The Prime Minister told us that he thinks it is a national duty," said Chittopriyo Bose, grandson of Satish Chandra Bose, elder brother of Subhas Chandra.

Among the Bose family members who met the Prime Minister were Somnath Bose, Samiran Bose and Chittopriyo Bose.

"We got positive vibes. If a Prime Minister makes such comments and invite all of us for a full-fledged discussion, we have reasons to hope that the declassification would take place quickly," said Somnath Bose.

During his recent trip top Germany, Modi also met Netaji's grand nephew Surya Bose. During that meeting, Bose family members claimed that the PM promised them to help in their cause and called all the family members to meet him in Delhi to discuss the issue.

In April, Bose's nephew Dawarka Nath Bose and grand nephews Chandra Bose and Avijit Roy took part in a procession in Kolkata demanding full disclosure of files.

Some of the members have already demanded a special investigation team (SIT) be formed under a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the freedom fighter’s last days.

“The SIT should submit its report to Parliament and if there is any conclusive evidence regarding Netaji, it should be made public. We will also propose the investigation be overseen by a sitting judge,” said Chandra.

Bose family members had also demanded that the Centre should form high-level teams that could access classified files kept with secret service agencies in Russia, England, Japan and Germany.

Several commissions have been formed after independence to probe Netaji’s mysterious disappearance after a plane crash in 1945 but doubts persist. The last investigation was headed by retired SC judge Manoj Mukherjee but his findings were never made public.

The family said they met several former PMs – including VP Singh, PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh – to push for declassification of Netaji files but to no effect.

The members have also appealed to Mamata Banerjee to reveal the contents of the files that are in the possession of her government.

Read: UPA declassified first batch of Netaji files in 2012

Govt sets up panel to consider declassification of Netaji-related files

First Published: May 09, 2015 22:47 IST