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Congress regimes destroyed Netaji files: Chandra K Bose

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Chandra Kumar Bose, grand nephew of revolutionary leader and candidate from the Kolkata South Lok Sabha constituency, blames successive regimes for suppressing and destroying files on his grand uncle Netaji's disappearance and wants the formation of a special investigative team for unravelling the mystery.

The 58-year-old Bose, an Economics degree holder from the Hendon College of London, also describes the "stealing" of treasury as "one of the first scams of the immediately after independence".

Fighting his second electoral battle after having finished third from constituency three years back, the grandson of Netaji's brother Sarat Chandra says there is "not a Modi wave, but a across the nation that will propel the to victory in the Lok Sabha polls".

According to Bose, not a "commission of enquiry" but a special investigative team is needed to solve the mystery surrounding his grand-uncle's disappearance in 1945 after a "disputed" air crash at Taihoku airport,

"We need a special investigative team because this is more like a work. We had earlier set up three commissions/committee of enquiry -- two of them under retired judges - but that did not do much.

"We have to form a special investigative team consisting of specialists who will examine these documents, go to foreign nations, examine, for example, files, examine confidential files in We have to take a holistic approach to solve the mystery," told IANS in an interview.

Asked whether he was satisfied with the efforts of whose government released a series of classified files on but that shed very little light on the mystery, Bose said: "I am absolutely satisfied because has released each and every document pertaining to For the last 70 years successive regimes suppressed and destroyed files on Netaji".

He also claimed that Justice M.K. Mukherjee, who headed the of enquiry formed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 1999, had come across certain documents that established that in 1972 then gave instructions to her secretariat "to destroy four critical files pertaining to Netaji's disappearance".

"The set up to find answers to the mystery regarding Netaji's disappearance was conducting its inquiry during that time. How can a give instructions without assigning any reason to destroy files on Netaji?" Bose asked.

Bose said despite all efforts, the cannot resolve this issue because files just don't exist in

To examine the possibility of files existing with foreign nations, the Modi-led NDA government has written to Japan, the UK, and

"If there is some file there, which we can collect, we will be able to solve this mystery," said the former of

Bose also came down heavily on the Congress on the mystery over the INA treasure, that comprised a considerable amount of gold ornaments and gems said to have been recovered from Bose's belongings following the a plane crash'.

"After the Second World War, as surrendered, the had to retreat. The INA treasure was stolen because Netaji disappeared.

"There were two people Ramamurthy, and S.A. iyer, who were with the INA. These two gentlemen were basically involved in the embezzlement of the INA treasure," he said.

Bose alleged that when then prime minister came to know of it, he conducted a private inquiry.

"The prime minister of cannot conduct a private inquiry. He has to conduct a public inquiry. But he conducted a private inquiry, braught the two and told them that he would take action against them."

But when and Iyer threatened to "reveal there was no air crash at Taihoku", Nehru entered into a secret agreement with them that "they will not reveal what actually happened to Netaji".

"There must be an inquiry. Because I think it was one of the first scams of the Congress government immediately after independence," he said.

Bose, who has been going door to door from slums to multi storied buildings in the constituency wooing voters, described Modi as a man committed to fulfil Netaji's ideal and denied that was a communal party.

Bose also denied that the BJP was a communal party. "BJP is a national party, the largest political party in the world. Lot of people are involved with the BJP."

"If somebody says we are not inclusive, I will say we are inclusive, my is inclusive. I think we in the BJP do our based on Subhas Bose's ideals. There are various types of people, who have their own notions. But Modi ji is inclusive, so am I," he added.



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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 21:04 IST