By A Newsman
Kolkata, 18 September: WEST Bengal on Friday declassified 64 Intelligence files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The files pertain to the period between 1937 and 1947.
Of them 55 are Intelligence files of Kolkata Police and 9 belonged to the Bengal state Intelligence Branch. They contain 12,744 pages in all.
The files have been formally declassified at the Kolkata Police Museum at Sukia Street in Maniktala in the city by Kolkata Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Friday morning.
He handed over digitised soft copies of the files in compact discs (CD) to Netaji’s nephew Sisir Bose’s daughter-in-law, former Trinamool Congress MP Krishna Bose, and Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose, who were present on the occasion.
“From next Monday, all these files in this Museum will be open to all sections of the public to see,” Kar Purkayastha said.
Commenting on the declassification, Krishna Bose said that the Centre should now follow the steps of Bengal government and declassify the near 150 secret files that are lying with it.
“Why should the Centre hide happened 70 years ago?” she questioned.
Chandra Kumar Bose said that by declassifying the Netaji files, Bengal government has taken a bold step.
“The Centre must also do the same without further delay. By making the files public, all the villains of Independent India should be exposed,” he said in an obvious reference to the allegation that the Congress government in Bengal and New Delhi had snooped on the Nejaji family even after India’s Independence in 1947.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on 11 September announced the decision to declassify the 64 Netaji files. After the declassification, she went to the Kolkata Police Museum around noon and browsed through the hard copies of the files.