JBP More, a Paris-based historian requested the French military authorities for access to a secret file, may unravel the mystery behind the death of Netaji, was refused by the French national archival authorities. They said the file has been closed for 100 years.
“After years of research, I can confirm that Bose’s life ended in Saigon, most probably at Vietnam’s Bot Catinat prison, on the basis of the French secret service records,” More said. “The letter of the French authorities not to allow me to consult a lone file pertaining to the INA and Bose in Saigon has come as a great surprise to me. This goes to affirm my conviction that Bose’s life ended in Saigon sometime in September 1945. That is why this file has been classified as out of reach for consultation for 100 years,” he said, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris.
More said it is now up to the concerned people or the Indian authorities to demand the French to open up this lone file that is withheld from the public for 100 years. “This file must contain information about the last days of Bose,” said More.
In July, based on a French secret service report dated December 11, 1947, at the National Archives of France, More had come up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash.