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Indians in the Far East gave gold to Netaji: New files

Last updated on: June 30, 2016 07:49 IST

Seven kilos of gold were recovered from the ill-fated aircraft on which Netaji was traveling in 1945.

'Considerable quantities of gold and treasure' were given to Subhas Chandra Bose by Indians in the Far East as part of the war efforts, according to the new set of 25 declassified files on Netaji released on Wednesday, June 29.

A ministry of external affairs note of 1951 on INA treasures said Netaji carried a part of these treasures with him on his ill-fated flight from Saigon to Tokyo. The remaining treasures were left in Saigon, southern Vietnam, now renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

'Considerable quantities of gold and treasure were given to Subhas Chandra Bose by Indians in the Far East as part of their war effort,' the MEA document read.

7 kg 900 grams of comparatively pure gold in two wooden boxes were recovered from the plane in which Netaji was believed to be traveling in 1945.

Another 3 kg 100 grams of gold mixed with molten metal iron were also recovered from the ill-fated plane, the MEA note added.

Union Culture Secretary N K Sinha released the fifth batch of 25 declassified files relating to Netaji whose disappearance over 70 years ago remains a mystery.

The present batch of 25 files consists of two files from the Prime Minister's Office (1951 to 1953), 14 files from the MEA (1956-2008) and nine files of the Cabinet Secretariat (1956 to 2006), which run into 2,248 pages.

On the occasion of Netaji's 119th birth anniversary on January 23 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had released the first lot of 100 files.

The second batch of 50 files, the third of 25 files and the fourth lot of 25 files were released in March, April and May respectively.

With Wednesday's release, 225 declassified files on Netaji have come into the public domain.

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