The de-classification of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files has thrown open several questions. While researchers say that the more important files relating to Netaji are with the Union Government, there is also a shadow of doubt on whether all the files are intact or have some been destroyed?
A letter written to the Prime Minister of India by former officers of the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing has demanded that the files be de-classified.
They have also pointed out that some of the documents were missing and when this had been pointed out few years back, an official in the government had said that there is no need to waste time on the issue.
Are all the files intact?
The account by several former officers of the IB and the R&AW suggest that some of the key documents may be missing.
The RSS in the Organiser has said that the government must take the bold step of declassifying the files and termed the disapperance of Netaji Bose as the greatest mysteries and conspiracies of all time.
The letter to the PM by the Patriot's Forum states that several inquiry commissions have said that Netaji did not die in an air crash. The Congress government has over the years suppressed facts on the issue, the letter also states. The RSS in the Organiser also makes a similar point suggesting that it was Jawaharlal Nehru who restricted Netaji Bose from entering India.
In the letter to the PM it is also stated that the ashes that have been kept in the Renkoji temple did not belong to Bose and also pointed out that no government had the guts to bring the ashes back to India as the sentiments were extremely strong.
The missing documents
The content of these letters and also the accounts given by various researchers suggest that there are some key documents that are missing. The Judge heading the third commission of inquiry into the Netaji Bose issue written to the Congress led government about the missing documents. However the response was not to waste time on the issue.
The third commission went on to submit a report in the year 2005 that there was enough confirmation with the help of scientific evidence that Netaji did not die in an air crash.
The Union Government has now been urged to declassify all the files on the issue. Previous governments have been successful in misguiding the nation and also causing confusion on the death of Netaji, the letter to the PM states.