FACT FOOD #597

Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India got its name from the fact that it was made up of numerous individual cells, that provided solitary confinement for prisoners. The construction began in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The British authorities arrested hundreds of revolutionaries as more and more rebellions against the British surfaced across India. And hundreds of these prisoners were shipped out to Port Blair (capital of the Islands) and were housed and ill-treated in this jail.