CELLULAR JAIL

CELLULAR JAIL- “KALAPANI JAIL”

A jail with the blood of our Indian freedom fighters ! One of the important places of the Indian history and the moment you hear this “Kalapani Jail” the name of the great freedom fighter you remember is Swatantraveer Savarkar.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar , one of the most important legend in the history of freedom struggle of India. He had done great sacrifices for India. This legend was imprisoned in Cellular Jail for ten years (1911-1921). Cellular Jail was constructed by the Britishers in Port Blair, Andaman islands and was used as an exile to imprison the political prisoners especially the Indian freedom activists. Ganesh Damodar Savarkar, elder brother of Veer Savarkar was also imprisoned in the same jail. And to our wonder, both the brothers didn’t have a tiny hint of the same!

The reason to this was the wonderful construction of the jail. This jail consists of seven spokes as of the spokes of the cycle wheel and a central tower. 1 single prisoner in every room and no prisoners were allowed to communicate with each other! The prisoners were made to do tremendous amount of labour work and incase of any mishaps they were tortured tying ropes and chains and hitting them badly. Most of the Indians couldn’t survive here and died. Seriously no one should face such a disastrous death ever. And hence cellular jail acts as a mute witness to the shedded Indian blood.

Veer Savarkar was one of those courageous ones who survived here for 10 years despite of all torture. Later he was brought to Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The reason why I earnestly felt to mention about this sad history was because I had visited this place. The moment I got to know about the whole history of the jail , it really shook my heart for all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for Indian freedom. A tribute to all those legends of India !

-Natasha Tungare

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