Kala Pani Jail (Andaman) – When Hundreds Who Revolted In 1857 Were Sent To This Jail

Al Arafat Sherfuddeen

June 25th, 2016 / 4:08 PM

kala-pani

Image Source: compassites-iic

The Dark history of Kala – Pani

The Cellular Jail, also known as the Kala-Pani holds some of the darkest chapters of British rule in India. The colonial government used the archipelago in Port Blair, Andaman to exile political prisoners and torture them severely. Though the construction of the jail ended in 1906, the British has been using the Andaman islands as a prison since the immediate after of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.


Housing the rebels of first war of Independence

The rebellion was brutally crushed and thousands of rebels were sent to the gallows. Many were hung from trees or tied and blown up with canons. Those who survived lost all contacts with their family members and remained imprisoned in the remote island, far away from the country’s mainland. Two hundred rebels were transported to the islands and many hundreds from Karachi arrived in April 1868. Later, more prisoners arrived from India and Burma. The British were deporting anyone who belonged to the Mughal royal family, or who had sent a petition to Bahadur Shah Zafar during the sepoy mutiny.


When Japan made Britishers as prisoners of their own prison

In 1942, the Empire of Japan invaded the Andaman islands and drove the British out. The Cellular Jail then became home to British prisoners. During this period, Subhash Chandra Bose also visited the islands. Two out of the seven wings of the Jail were demolished during the Japanese regime. In 1945, the British resumed control with the end of World War II.

Some of the notable dissidents and inmates of the Kala-Pani jail were Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, Diwan Singh Kalepani, Fazl-e-Haq Kharabadi, Yogendra Shukla, Bhai Parmanand, Shadan Chandan Chatterjee were imprisoned in the Kala Pani jail.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Ayush Kishore

14-Yr-Old Donates Scholarship Money To Free Those Who Are In Jail For Lack Of Money

PM Modi Wanted Fact-Check On Whether Any Congressi Visited Bhagat Singh In Jail Or Not, Here It Is

Kidney transplantaion

Kerala: Ex-Convict To Give New Life To A 21-Year-Woman By Donating His Kidney

Nellore Central Jail

Andhra Pradesh: Over 200 Inmates Generate Rs 2 Crore While Working From The Jail

indian navy

Indian Navy Rescues 800 Tourists From Andaman Islands As Storm Approaches

Bhopal Jail Outbreak

80 Guards Supposed To Be At Jail Were On VIP Duty During The Bhopal Jail Outbreak

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

From Working In A Dhaba To Partcipating In Asian Games, Kavita Thakur Proves Nothing Is Impossible

Get Inspired

Kerala Floods: Mankind Puts Best Foot Forward, Help Pours In At The Time Of Crisis

Awareness

The Poet In Politics: A Tribute To One Of Country’s Most Respected Leaders

News

RTI Response Proves There Was Oxygen Shortage In BRD Hospital, Dr Kafeel Khan Arranged For Cylinders

News

MHA To Honour Good Samaritans With ‘Jeevan Rakshak Padak’: Nitin Gadkari

World Affairs

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General And Nobel Laureate Passes Away At 80

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.