Amid huge demand for declassification of Netaji files, family members of Subhas Chandra Bose are expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly.
The meeting comes amid unending mystery over Bose’s 1945 death, reportedly in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan. Many believe that Bose did not die then.
Modi will meet Netaji’s kin at at 7, Race Course Road, the official residence of the Prime Minister today evening.
The family members are expected to seek declassification of Netaji files in possession of the Centre as the West Bengal government has already released 64 such files.
Bose’s grand nephew Chandra Bose has said that his family will appeal to Modi to write to countries including Russia, Japan, China, America, UK, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia to declassify all Netaji files lying with them.
Adding to the Netaji death mystery, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last month had said that some letters in the declassified files indicate that Bose was alive even after 1945.
The Trinamool Congress chief’s comments came after sixty-four secret files relating to Netaji that could help throw light on his mysterious disappearance–an enduring enigma for seven decades –were released by her government.
The Bengal CM also that the documents also support the theory that Bose family was snooped upon.
“There are intercepts. I have seen the documents and it is clear from them that the family of Netaji was spied upon,” Banerjee had told the media.
She termed the snooping incident as unfortunate and said after India’s independence the great freedom fighter did not get due honour.
On August 22, 1945, Tokyo Radio announced the ‘death’ of Netaji in an air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.