Cellular Jail ( Kala Pani Ki Saja )
How to Reach Cellular Jail
Location: Near to G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blbox-content.
- 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM
- 01:00 PM to 04:15 PM
- [Note:Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.]
- Ticket Details:
- Adult: Rs. 10/- per person.
- Child: Below 5 years no ticket.
- Video Camera: Rs. 100/-
- Still Camera : Rs. 25/-
Construction of Cellular Jail
Prisoner Life in Cellular Jail
Freedom Fighter's in Cellular Jail
Some of the better known political prisoners incarcerated in the Cellular Jail were Barindra Kumar Ghosh, Upendra Nath Banerjee, Hem Chandra Das, Ullaskar Dutta, Indubushan Roy, Bibhuti Bushan Sarkar, Hrishikesh Kanjilal, Sudhin Kumar Sarkar, Abinash Chandra Bhattacharji & Birendra Chandra Sen. All these prisoners were sent to the Cellular Jail after 1910 on their conviction for participation in the Manictollah Conspiracy case. Vir Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was sent to Andamans on 4th July 1911 with sentence of two transportations for life. When he came to the Cellular Jail his elder brother, Ganesh Savarkar was already there. But the Savarkar brothers came to know about this fact only after having been in Jail over a year.
Savarkar in Cellular Jail
Life as a Convict in Cellular jail
Cellular Jail (Pre-Independence Era)
Prisoners below twenty years of age could not be assigned arduous manual labour; literates were employed in the press and the work was assigned according to the physical fitness of the prisoners. Political prisoners were treated differently.
The tasks for which convicts confined in the Cellular Jail could be employed were:
- 1. Cane and bamboo work
- 2. Coconut and mustard oil mills
- 3. Husking and opening coconuts
- 4. Drying copra
- 5. Making hooka shells
- 6. Coir pounding
- 7. Sisal pounding
- 8. Rope making
- 9. Net making
- 10. Carpet making
- 11. Weaving towels
- 12. Coir and sisal hemp mat making
- 13. Cleaning mustard seeds
- 14. Blanket mulling
- 15. Gardening
- 16. Hill cutting and swamp filling in (when necessary)
- 17. Miscellaneous, such as conservancy, cleaning drains etc. around the jail
- 18. Miscellaneous lowly duties in connection with the jail like hospital ward coolies, sweeping etc.
- 19. Clerical work in the jail office.