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PM Modi declassifies at least 100 secret Netaji files: As it happened

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 21:52
Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal
PM Modi declassifies at least 100 secret Netaji files: As it happened

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday declassified the secret files relating to great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Here are the live updates:

  • Acccording to the declassified government documents,  one person named - Juichi Nakamura, who an eyewitness of the Netaji's last moments at the military hospital,  he was taken to a room where Netaji, in a critically injured condition, was lying on a bed. His body was covered with bandages and he could see blood spots in bandages on head. ​
     
  • In 1962, Nehru told Subhas Chandra Bose's relatives that Netaji was dead. Also Read: Declassification of Netaji files, a cheap conspiracy, says Congress
     
  • The the declassified documents reveal that the Indian government was giving Rs 6,000 per year to the daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra. It was discontinued after her marriage in 1965. Documents also say this amount was initially offered to his wife but she refused to accept it.

After releasing the secret files, PM Narendra Modi meets family members of Netaji at National Archives.Modi releases Netaji files

PM Narendra Modi declassifies secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

PM arrives at the National Archives, pays tribute to the freedom fighter.

PM Modi to arrive at National Archives shortly and release the secret files. 

Netaji's family members get emotional after seeing the declassified files pertaining to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at National Archives.

While remembering Netaji on his birth anniversary, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury says unity, trust and sacrifice were the motto of Azad Hind Fauj.

Also Read: Netaji's memory deserves dignity of closure, says TMC

Family members pay tribute to Netaji in Parliament; senior BJP leader LK Advani and other party members meet them.

Bose's family reach Parliament, meet Venkaiah Naidu. PM Modi expected to release files on Netaji at 12:30 pm.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh pays tribute to the iconic freedom fighter.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu says Bose's family is happy with government's decision to release Netaji files today. 

Congress president Sonia Gandhi pays homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary. In a statement issued, Sonia says, the Congress can never forget his contributions to the national struggle for freedom for founding of an independent democratic republic of India.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi pays homage to Subhas Chandra Bose. He tweets:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says, people who had played no role in the freedom struggle just want declassification of files on Netaji to create conflict among freedom heroes. However, the Janata Dal (United) leader maintained that files should be declassified.

In an attempt to take credit for the release of Netaji files, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien says, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the first person to make public the files related to the great freedom fighter.

The TMC leader opines Bose's deeds deserve the dignity of closure.

Family of Netaji leave for Parliament to meet PM Modi.

​Home Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Netaji saying "I bow to 'Netaji' Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. He is one of the greatest heroes of India's freedom struggle."

Commenting on the declassified files, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said: "Today is going to be historic day in India's history as PM Shri Modi will begin the process of declassifying documents pertaining to Netaji."

PM Modi will himself put the files in the public domain on the birth anniversary of Netaji. On October 14 last year, the Prime Minister had promised to declassify the files when he met 35 members of Bose's family at his official residence.

The PM will  release digital copies of 100 files related to Netaji following the government's decision to declassify files on the freedom fighter.

The files, digitised and given "preliminary conservation treatment" by the National Archives of India, will be released on the birth anniversary of Netaji. 

The iconic freedom fighter's family members have sought making public the documents, hoping questions about his mysterious disappearance seven decades back would be answered.

The demand for declassification of secret files with the Centre had gathered momentum, especially after the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal declassified 64 files in its possession last year.

Meanwhile, Netaji's daughter Anita Bose Pfaff believes that her father died in the air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.

Anita is convinced that the great freedom fighter died in the plane crash and demanded a DNA test to be done on his remains kept at Renkoji Temple in Japan.

The demand for declassification of secret files with the Centre had gathered momentum, especially after the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal declassified 64 files in its possession last year.

Banerjee has maintained that she didn't believe that the freedom fighter died in air crash and demanded that the 'Russian angle' in Netaji's disappearance needs to be probed.

First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 08:19

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