GUWAHATI, June 27 - Alleging an �international conspiracy� behind the secrecy maintained over Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose�s death, the All India Legal Aid Forum today sought declassification of the 42 files in possession of the Union Home Ministry which have not been made public yet.
The forum�s general secretary Joydeep Mukherjee also demanded of the Central government to send a letter to the Russian government for disclosing the KGB files regarding the death of Bose in Siberia jail in Oms city of Russia.
�It is unfortunate that the nation still doesn�t know what happened to Netaji and where he died. From different files of KGB available with research workers it is clear that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was in Russia after August 18, 1945 and he took shelter in Soviet Russia. It will be proper for the Central government to request Russia to disclose the top secret files of KGB,� Mukherjee, an advocate by profession, told a press conference here.
He said that from the files disclosed by the Indian government so far, it is evident that the members of Netaji�s family were being watched by police up to 1967, �which is a very unfortunate episode in Indian history� and at the same time, mysterious.
The forum also questioned as to where the property of Rs 72 crore of the Azad Hind Fauz disappeared.
The forum also demanded declassification of the book History of INA & Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose written by historian Pratul Gupta which was classified by Jawaharlal Nehru and kept as a classified document in the Defence Academy of the Central government.
�Similarly, we have seen another mysterious death of great freedom fighter Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who died in Kashmir jail on June 23, 1953. But even in this case the Central government is reluctant to disclose the real truth in spite of persistent demands,� the forum�s general secretary said, demanding institution of a judicial commission to conduct an inquiry into Dr Mukherjee�s death.
Describing the death of former Prime Minister Dr Lal Bahadur Shastri as another �mystery�, the forum questioned as to why the government has not directed a proper inquiry into the incident. �People have the right to know what happened to these icons,� he added.