New Delhi: Did the Congress government led by Jawaharlal Nehru spy on the kin of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for 20 years? Two declassified Intelligence Bureau (IB) files point out that the family was under surveillance between 1948 and 1968, according to an exclusive report of India Today.
The report says that files, which have since been moved to the National Archives, show unprecedented surveillance on Bose's family members between 1948 and 1968. Nehru was the prime minister from 1947 to 1964.
“The files show the IB resumed British-era surveillance on the two Bose family homes in Calcutta: 1 Woodburn Park and 38/2 Elgin Road,” the report says.
Surveillance was also reportedly conducted on Subhas Chandra Bose's nephew siblings Sisir Kumar Bose and Amiya Nath Bose.
In another development on Thursday, the Calcutta High Court asked why papers and documents pertaining to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have not been disclosed even 67 years since India’s independence.
Successive governments have refused to make public classified files relating to Netaji.
When under house arrest by the British colonial administration, Netaji had escaped from India in 1941 to seek international support for his efforts to free his country and formed the Indian National Army with Japanese help.
He went missing in 1945. The Mukherjee Commission, assigned to solve the mystery of Netaji's disappearance, rejected the opinion that he had died in a plane crash at Taihoku airport in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.