Cellular Jail

A commemorative postage stamp on the Cellular Jail :

1598 Cellular Jail, Port Blair [India Stamp 1997]Issued by India

Issued on Dec 30, 1997

Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to issue a special commemorative stamp of Cellular Jail to honour its special place in the history of India‘s struggle for freedom.

Credits :
Stamp, F.D.C. : Resident Commissioner, Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 200 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.28 cms.

Printing size : 3.75 x 1.98 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.

Stamps Printing : 0.7 Million

Number per issue sheet : 50

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : India Security Press, Nashik

About : 

  • Freedom fighters incarcerated in the Cellular Jail included, Barindra Kumar Ghosh, Upendra Nath Banerjee, Hem Chandra Das, Indubhushan Roy, Ullaskar Datta, Bibhuti Bhushan Sarkar, and others sent there after 1910 on conviction for participation in the Manicktollah Conspiracy. Vir Savarkar was sent in 1910 with sentence of transportation for life. Other freedom fighters who were incarcerated in the jail were Prithivi Singh Azad, Bhai Parmanand, Vaman Joshi, Shambu Nath Azad and a host of others. The freedom fighters who participated in the Chittagong Armoury Raid, Meerut Conspiracy Case, Labour Commissioner Case etc. were also brought to these islands.
  • In the Cellular Jail Museum are now exhibited available photographs of all freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in the jail. Reports about the atrocities, the jail authorities used to commit published in national newspapers on the mainland, are also kept in display. Certain paintings on the barbarous treatment to the prisoners, utensils, vessels, uniforms, etc. of the prisoners, used in those days and the tools/machines which the prisoners were made to operate, at great personal risk, are all kept in the museum to remind us of the heroic battle our freedom fighters had to wage and the untold sufferings they had to undergo.
  • Text : Resident Commissioner, Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

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