Interesting Facts: These are the 5 jails of India, where you can go inside and out of your choice
Interesting Facts About Jail: Many people are very fond of travelling, for which they keep scouring the mountains, rivers, forests and even the sea. Most of the people go out according to the season, but have you heard that people in India also go to jail. The Government of India has provided such facilities in many jails, where you can go and meet the prisoners, visit the prison and roam around. This is called prison tourism, which the government is continuously promoting.
1. Cellular Jail Cellular Jail
Situated on the east coast of the South Andaman Islands, this is a place that we all must have heard about. The name Cellular Jail itself alludes to its state of complete social boycott. Here the freedom fighters associated with the Indian independence movement were locked up to punish ‘Kalapani’. This prison in India also saw the activities of World War II when the Japanese invaded the islands in 1942 and made it home to British prisoners. It was again taken over by the British in 1945. Presently people can witness the dark past of the prison through a sound and light show which narrates the saga of the Indian freedom struggle. The Cellular Jail is open for tourists every day except Mondays and public holidays.
2. Tihar Jail
Located in the capital of the country, Tihar Jail is known as the largest prison in South Asia. This prison was established in 1957 by the state of Punjab. It is one of the most famous prisons in India. The jail is also famous for the rehabilitation of prisoners because along with the completion of the sentence, the prisoners can also do higher studies and jobs here. A prisoner lodged here has also been selected in the Indian Administrative Service. There are some parts of this prison in India, which also includes the canteen, which tourists can easily visit.
3. Hijli Jail
Hijli Jail located in West Bengal was prepared in 1930 AD as Hijli Detention Camp. This prison has a great contribution in the freedom struggle of India. This prison was used to torture freedom fighters. The Hijli firing incident inside this jail in 1931 is recorded in the pages of history, inside the jail the police had rained bullets on the unarmed prisoners, in which many lost their lives. After independence in 1951, the foundation of the country’s first IIT Kharagpur was laid here. The former Detention Camp has now been converted into a Nehru Museum.
4. Yerwada Jail, Maharashtra
This jail is counted among the highest security jails in India. It is the largest prison in Maharashtra and one of the largest in South Asia. Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned during the freedom movement in this prison built by the British in 1871. It is an open prison with a textile mill and a separate radio station inside the prison, where the inmates live under basic security and grow fruits and vegetables. Presently those prisoners who want to learn are taught Gandhian principles.
5. Viper Iceland Prison
Like the Cellular Jail, this prison has also contributed a lot in the freedom struggle of India. The Gallos of Viper Iceland Prison was built long before the Cellular Jail. If any Indian spoke against the British rule, he was brought to this jail and physically tortured. Now this place has become a tourist place. People come here to see the prison.6. Madras Central Jail
The prison was the oldest prison in India before it was demolished in late 2009. It is believed that the prisoners sentenced to ‘Kalapani’ were imprisoned here before being shifted to the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Famous freedom fighters like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Veer Savarkar had spent time in this peninsula. Presently, a portion of the prison complex has been renovated and is being used as the building of the Madras Medical College.