Two crucial files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose would be declassified by Japan by the end of 2016. However, Japan made no mention of the three other files it has in its custody. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha that all the five files are crucial in solving the mystery surrounding Netaji’s death. Rijiju also said that two other files which were with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs continue to be missing and efforts are on to trace them. Both the files were on the ashes believed to be of Netaji, which were brought back from Renkoji temple in Japan to India.

While Austria, Russia and the United States have conveyed to the Indian government that they do not have any file under their possession, the United Kingdom said that all its 62 files relating to Netaji were given to the British Library and are available for public.

The Minister said around 150 Netaji files have been declassified so far and are available online, while 25 more files are being uploaded online every month. While two inquiry commissions had concluded that Netaji had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945, a third probe panel had contested it and suggested that no such aircrash had taken place.

In October last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met the family members of Netaji and announced that the government would declassify the files relating to Netaji to uncover the mystery surrounding his life and death.

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