British and American intelligence agencies believed that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was alive and behind a number of communist uprisings in Southeast Asia between 1948 and 1949, according to recently declassified documents.
There are several conspiracy theories around Bose's death. An Indian Express report suggested that some of the documents raised questions over the nationalist leader's death, widely believed to be in a plane crash in 1945 in Taipei.
West Bengal government last week announced it would make public next 64 files relating to Bose which could throw light on his mysterious disapperance in mid-1940s.
"A total 64 files are there with us. There may be one or two more files also which would also be put in the public domain. After properly reviewing all the files, we have decided to put them in public domain from next Friday (September 18)," PTI quoted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as saying.
"Everybody wants to know 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. Netaji's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose said it is a "very positive step and in the right direction" and demanded that the files lying with the central government should also be declassified.
Recently some files relating to Bose, which were declassified by the central government, had revealed that the Home Ministry had snooped on at least two of Netaji's nephews when Jawaharlal Nehru was the PM. The files revealed that the Intelligence Bureau had kept a tap on the relatives of Netaji between 1948 and 1968. Subsequent to this, family members of Netaji had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to declassify all Netaji files.
Some of these files, that date back to 1937, have 300 pages with personal correspondences between Netaji and his elder brother Sarat Chandra Bose, IE reported.
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"I regret I could not find out that news about Netaji which have been published in Chinese newspaper in Nanking some time ago. I am still believing that he is alive," Express quoted a letter written by Ohou Hrian Kuan, from the Publication Division of the I&B Ministry, intercepted by the Intelligence Bureau, as saying to make the point about Netaji's whereabouts during 1948-49.