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।।Celluler Jail।।

The cellular jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a prime example of darkness within light.

                         Picture clicking by Anil Thakur

Andaman and Nicobar Island are surrounded by blue sky and sea.The locality of this Island is  to the Earth's primitive species of  "Zoroa" and five other tribes.More than 700 miles from the Indian mainland, the island was covered  by the  sea for thousands of years.But it was not possible for long.

The greed of totalitarian consumerism, the fascination of unknown wealth, the urge to expand the kingdom, the civilized world attacked this heavenly kingdom one day.In 1014 AD  from Tamil dynasty Rajendra Chola, 17th century Marathas.Then the British rulers took possession of this island by banished everyone.Began to destroy the dense forest of the island slowly.The ancient tribes began to be uprooted from their homes.A hell called cellular prison has developed in this heaven-like place.

 A new chapter has begun.

This island is made of dead coral.  The Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of more than five hundred islands.Among them only 36 islands are inhabited.  Two seasons prevail here summer and monsoon.Due to the whims of nature, it rains twice a year.

            Picture Clicked by Jayaseelan Joseph

This jail is covered by seven wings.Just as the Octopus holds its enemy with its eight Wings, this prison holds the revolutionaries with its seven Wings.Currently, no more prisoners are detained in this jail. Every bricks, woods  and stones are the witness to the glory of self-sacrifice of a patriot.Entering  the jail's boundaries,everyone will be barbed.Only three wings of the jail's windows are still standing.One of the remaining four may have been destroyed during the Second World War or some may have been destroyed by the tsunami.

 This island was touched by a great man like Netaji Subhash Chandra because of the brutality of the foreign nation's murder and occupation.

Description of cellular Jail interior

This jail building has three floors.  In these wings total number of rooms are  693.The dimensions of rooms were 14.8 x 8.9 feet.  It was about ten feet from the ground.There was only one squirm in the room and that too 9 feet above.

 The cells were arranged in such a way that one prisoner could not communicate with another prisoner.Savarkar, the revolutionary hero, was imprisoned in one such three-storey cell in the south-east corner of the jail. Currently, there is a large oil painting of Savarkar in that room.Below it is the hanging room.  Where three people were hanged together.  The brutal scene was shown to the other prisoners. The houses on either side of the main gate have now been converted into museums.  Pictures of the prisoners and their used items are also stored there.

                 Picture clicked by Faruk Ahemad

Cellular Jail is closed on Mondays and public holidays. Entry is open from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM on other days of the week and also entry is allowed after an hour from 1:30 to 4:45.

With the help of this prison, a kingdom of heaven has been plunged into the darkness of hell.

 These beautiful islands have witnessed the tears, screams and heart-filled cries of many innocent people.

Collected from Swati Mukhopadhyay.

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