Netaji kin demands declassification of secret files on him

Jaipur: Demanding declassification of the secret files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his great granddaughter today said the family members were not satisfied with the assurance from the Prime Minister that the mystery around the disappearance of Bose will be resolved. Rajashree Choudhury, Netaji’s great granddaughter who was in the city, said that she and other family members were seeking people’s support and creating pressure on the government to demand declassification of the files with PMO and state governments.

“PM’s mere assurance for resolving the mystery is not satisfactory, we want concrete steps and not just assurance. “It will be in the interest of the nation if the files are declassified at the earliest,” Choudhury told reporters here.

She claimed Modi had in a meeting some time ago assured the family members that step would be taken to resolve the mystery. In April this year, grand nephew of Bose had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raised the issue of declassification of all secret files related to the freedom fighter amid a row over snooping on the leader’s close relatives.

In an RTI reply, the Prime Minister’s Office has refused to declassify secret files relating to Netaji arguing that the “disclosure would prejudicially affect relations with foreign countries.”

In May, the Prime Minister had told members of Bose’s family in Kolkata that it was the country’s responsibility to resolve the mystery around his disappearance.

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