'History will change if Netaji files are declassified'

All India Legal Aid Forum demands declassification of all files

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On the occasion of the 75th year of closing of Azad Hind Fauz, founded by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, All India Legal Aid Forum has demanded declassification of all the files, including KGB files, relating to the freedom fighter.

President of the Forum and former Gujarat High Court Judge S. M. Soni said in Ahmedabad on Thursday that all the files should be declassified and the truth should come out.

The Forum has been leading a campaign for the last 20 years to declassify the files.

Its secretary, Joydeep Mukherjee, said that if the files are declassified, history will change and truth will come out. He lauded the efforts of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre in declassifying 50 per cent of the files.

Mukherjee also said former Congress MP Satyanarayan Sinha’s versions should also be declassified.

He urged that both the Indian and Russian governments should sit together. According to Mukherjee, India and Russia are good old friends, so declassifying the files won’t hamper the relations.

Mukherjee dumped the theory that Bose died in a plane crash. If he had died in a plane crash, why his house was spied till 1967, he asked. He also dismissed the theory that Bose lived as a sadhu in his later part of life. Ten dummies were made by Jawaharlal Nehru to mislead people, he alleged.

Mukherjee also said that there have been enough evidences that Bose was found last in Russia. He also maintained that Bose became prisoner of Yatsuk Jail in Syberia.

Claiming that there are evidences to suggest Bose was subjected to third degree treatment there, Mukherjee also demanded to declassify historian Pratul Gupta's book History of INA and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Their other demands include setting up of Bose’s large size bronze statue in front of Red Fort, New Delhi and inclusion of the contribution of Bose and INA adequately in school and college text books.