West Bengal Government To Declassify Netaji Files

11/09/2015 7:22 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Member of the All India Azad Hind Fauj Freedom-Fighters Successors Association,Santokh Singh (C) gestures on the statue of freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Amritsar on January 23, 2013, as part of celebrations for his 116th birth anniversary. Bose was a prominent Indian nationalist leader who attempted to gain India's independence from British rule by force during the waning years of World War II. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

KOLKATA -- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that 64 files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose lying with the state's Home Department would be declassified and put in public domain from next Friday.

Acknowledging that there was a long-standing demand for the declassification of the files on Bose, Banerjee said there might be one or two more files in the possession of the government.

"A total 64 files are there with us. There may be one or two more files also. After properly reviewing all the files, we have decided to put them in the public domain from next Friday," she said.

"We decided to release the files so that everybody can see them. We don't feel that there is anything related to internal security in the files. Everybody wants to know about what happened to Netaji. He was a brave son of our soil and he was from Bengal," she said.

Asked if the state would request the Centre to declassify files it has in its possession, Banerjee said, "It is for the Centre to decide, but we want the truth about Netaji to come out. It is for you people (journalists) to find out what happened to him."

The Chief Minister also announced that the record of the freedom struggle from 1937 to 1947 would be digitised in order to preserve history.

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