CELLULAR JAIL, 08/10/2019
Our main motive to Andaman is to visit the historical monument – The cellular Jail (Kala Pani), an old colonial prison situated in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prison was used by the British to exile political prisoners’ to the remote archipelago. Isolated from the mainland this jail witnessed the most atrocious punishments imposed on prisoners.
The building of the cellular Jail originally had seven straight wings each connected to a tower in the middle. The tower for intersection of all the seven wings served as a watch point for the guards of the jail to keep vigil on prisoners. It had a large be for raising alarm. The wings of the building were constructed is such a manner that the front of one wings faces the back of another so that one inmate in a wing cannot see or communicate with another inmate in any of the adjacent wings. Even the cells in a wing were in a row so that inmates in the same wings also cannot communicate or see each other. Each cell housed only one prisoner.
Notable freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt, Diwan Singh Kalepani, Savarkar brothers-Babarao Savarkar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar among other were confined in this jail. Being in solitary confinement the Savarkar brothers were unaware of each other’s presence in the same jail for two years. Many freedom fighters in the jail went through inhuman and unimaginable tortures. They get hardly for drinking water so there is no question of water for bathing.
Now the jail has only three wings and is open to public as a national memorial. Its museum and light and sound shows on India’s freedom struggle in Hindi and English give one a glimpse of years of Indian’s struggle for freedom.
Back from Andaman and Nicobar Island we halt and Guwahati and visited two Rehabilitation centers namely; The Kripa foundation and the Nirman Rehabilitation facility.
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