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Featured Image: A file photo of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Photo courtesy: Netaji Research Bureau. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 11 September: WEST Bengal government has decided to declassify 64 files on Nejati Subhas Chandra Bose next Friday, the 18 of September.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told a Press conference at state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah Friday afternoon that of the 64 files identified for declassification, 55 are administrative files and 9 belongs to the state Intelligence Branch.

“The files will be made available at the Kolkata Police Museum at Sukia Street (in Maniktala) from next Friday. They will be in the public domain,” the Chief Minister said. “All Nejati files available with the state government will be made available to the public in a systematic manner.”

Miss Banerjee said that she does not think that the declassification of the 64 secret files would cause any “internal or external security threats to India” or affect the country’s diplomatic relation with other nations.

Stressing that she is always for transparency and accountability, she said: “We know Netaji’s date of birth. We have no idea about his death. People deserve to know about his last days. He is a national icon.”

The Kolkata Police Museum at 113, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road Kolkata - 700 009
The Kolkata Police Museum at 113, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road
Kolkata – 700 009

Stating that Netaji lived in Kolkata and that his roots belong to Bengal, Miss Banerjee maintained it was only appropriate that the people get to know all the facts about Netaji.

She also said that the Bengal government will “slowly undertake the process of digitisation of all Netaji related files” and files from 1937-1947 would be digitised in the first phase.”

Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose has welcomed the announcement.

“We have been writing to Mamata Banerjee since 2012 demanding declassification of all files on Netaji but she never responded to our plea. Nevertheless, now that she has announced to declassify 64 files, we welcome the move every much. It is a demand of the people of this country to whom Netaji is an indisputable Hero,” he said over the phone.

Mr Bose said that the Bose Family would soon form a committee comprising experts to pursue the files scheduled to be released by the Bengal government on 18 September.