New Delhi, Jan 24: Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre de-classified secret files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the 119th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter.
Many secrets have come out with the de-classifications of the files on Saturday, Jan 23. One of such revelations was about Mahatma Gandhi's letter to Netaji's family members.
It has been claimed that Gandhiji wrote a letter to Netaji's kin asking them not to perform Netaji's 'shradh' (a Hindu ritual which is performed for the peace of soul of a dead person).
In a letter to the then Prime Minister of India Narasimha Rao, Amiya Nath Bose in 1995 wrote, "After Domie news agency of Japan announced on 22nd August 1945 that Subhas Bose had died in an air crash, Gandhji immediately sent a telegram to us forbidding the family to perform any sradh ceremony."
Amiya Nath Bose was the son of Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
In his letter to Narasamhi Rao, Amiya Nath Bose also wrote, "When Col. Habibur Rahman, who accompanied Netaji in the plane from Saigon was released from prison, he visited Mahatma Gandhi in the Bhangi Colony in Delhi. I was present in the room when Habibur Rahman spoke to Gandhiji about the alleged air crash at the Taikhou Airport on 18th August, 1945."
After the meeting, Gandhiji had addressed a few media persons and told, "Habib is carrying out his leader's orders. I do not believe that Subhas died in any air crash."