Trivia / Andaman and Nicobar

The Cellular Jail, a former colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is also known as ________.

  1. Kala Pani
  2. Hijli
  3. Gallows of Viper

Kala Pani

The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This prison was used mostly by the British to exile political prisoners who would defy their law and order. The prison complex now serves as a national memorial monument.

The likes of Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar had been imprisoned for their dissident ideology towards the British empire. The prison complex was constructed between 1896 and 1906. Even before the prison was constructed, the Britishers used the Andaman and Nicobar islands to exile the dissidents of the British rule after the revolt of 1857.

Shortly after the revolt was suppressed, the British executed many rebels and those of who survived were exiled for life to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Around two hundred rebels were transported to the island under the custody of David Barry and Major James Pattison Walker.

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