Kolkata: On a day when the West Bengal government declassified 64 files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose demanded a probe into the alleged spying by the then Indian government on great freedom fighter and his family.
Speaking to 'NDTV', Chandra Bose asserted that the declassified files indicate that the family was spied on by the then government after Netaji reportedly died in 1945 in a plane crash in Taiwan.
While asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate a probe into the spying incident, the grand-nephew of Netaji said his father Amiya Nath Bose was not Dawood Ibrahim, then why snooping on his family members continued even after Independence.
Dubbing as "historic" the release of 64 files on Subhas Chandra Bose by the West Bengal government, his family also pushed for the declassification of files by the central government.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has done a great thing and now the Centre has no other option but to declassify the files it has," Chandra Kumar Bose told the media.
The digitised version of the declassified 64 files were made available in a set of seven DVDs. The original files are housed at the Calcutta Police Museum. The files will be accessible to the public from Monday on a first-come-first-serve basis.
"The more important files that can unravel the mystery behind his disappearance are with the central government departments and the mystery can be solved only if those files are declassified," Chandra Kumar Bose said.
Banerjee on September 11 announced her government's decision to declassify 64 files on Bose, saying the mystery surrounding his disappearance needs to be put to rest.