West Bengal government declassifies 64 files related to Netaji


Kolkata: Ending years of wait on classified information on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his family members, the West Bengal government on Friday declassified 64 such files which were in the possession of the Kolkata police and West Bengal police.

The files are being kept at the Calcutta Police Museum, which is housed in the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police, North Division on 113 APC Road.

“Making the files public was quite a big task. There are 64 files which contained 12,744 pages and it had to be digitised before being made public,” Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police said.

Files in their original form will be kept in a glass cabinet in Kolkata Police Museum, he said.

The digitised files in the form of a compact disc were handed over to members of the family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose which included grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose and former MP Krishna Bose.

On Friday, the museum was opened only for members of Netaji’s family and the media. The files will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis from Monday.

The announcement to declassify the files was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 11.


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