Kolkata: The family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, on his 117th anniversary birth anniversary Thursday, expressed differing views on solving the mystery behind his disappearance in 1945.
Netaji`s grand-nephew Chandra Bose said, "The whole country is celebrating the birthday of our national hero Netaji but we do not know when and how he died. The government has the answers to all these questions in the form of secret files relating to his death. Now they must release it".
Criticising Professor Sugato Bose, who runs the Netaji Bureau for not giving support on the declassification issue, Chandra Bose, who held a protest outside, said, "He has told us that declassification is a non-issue, but the PMO has admitted that they have secret files with them."
Contacted, Sugato Bose, who also belongs to the Netaji family, said, "I will not comment on what a few people are saying because this is a day of national celebration. We work throughout the year on the life and work of Netaji."
Researcher Anuj Dhar who has written three books on the Netaji`s disappearance, said, "We have information that the West Bengal government also has more than 60 files relating to Netaji."
"Mamata Banerjee must first release these files and then persuade the Centre to release the files they have," he said.
Chandra Bose, other family members and hundreds of people under the forum `Open Platform for Netaji` marched around 6 km from Red Road to Netaji Bhawan in Elgin Road.
Students and staff of the Footwear Design and Development Institute organised a marathon from Gariahat to Netaji Bhawan.
At a function to celebrate the day in Darjeeling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Netaji will never die. He was born to show the path and show light to new generations and take them forward.
"We are proud to give state honour to Netaji here," she said.
She also said she had asked the authorities to renovate the house in Darjeeling where Netaji had lived for some time.
When under house arrest by the British, Netaji had escaped from India in 1941 to seek international support for freedom struggle. After organising the Indian National Army with Japanese help he went missing in 1945.
He was last seen at the Bangkok Airport on August 17 1945. The Mukherjee Commission had rejected the opinion that he died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.
The Prime Minister`s Office had earlier refused to furnish data on documents and records it held on Netaji`s disappearance, saying the disclosure would harm India`s relation with foreign countries.