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The Cellular Jail aka Kala Pani or Black Water was an infamous colonial prison situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean, where Indian political prisoners were kept in exile.

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Hundreds of political prisoners were transported to the Andamans where they remained cut off from home in mainland India by over a thousand miles of sea. The sadistic jail superintendent David Barry would tell the freedom fighters, “The wall around the jail has been deliberately built low since, even if you escape, there is nowhere you can go to.” The building was demolished after India gained independence and only three wings remain today. In 1969, the complex was declared a national memorial monument.

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