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Viper Island Port Blair

Viper island port blair Viper Island Port Blair is near Port Blair in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India and was the place of the jail where the British used to detain convicts and political prisoners. It has the ruins of a gallows atop a small hill. The jail was abandoned when the Cellular Jail was constructed in 1906.

In any talk about Andaman and its role in the freedom struggle, it is the Cellular Jail that finds frequent mention. But, many years before the Cellular Jail was constructed, it was the jail at Viper Island Port Blair that was used by the British to impose the worst form of torture and hardship on those who strove to free the country from the British rule

The Jail
The need for constructing a jail there was felt only after the British set up a punitive settlement at Port Blair in 1858. Ross Island functioned as the headquarters of the penal settlement. Located near Port Blair, the building of the Viper Jail was carried out during 1864-67. Lt. Col. Barnet Ford, superintendent of the penal settlement, supervised the work. Initially, a police inspector, a head constable, two sergeants, four class I constables and 30 class II constables were posted, according to materials available at the Cellular Jail. Later on, the strength was raised slowly. Solitary cells, lock-ups, stocks and whipping stands characterised the Viper Jail in

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. Women were among the prisoners there.

Today, the two-storeyed Jail building stands tumbled to the base level except for a portion of the roof with the outer wall rundown. But for a few birds which have built their nests inside the tomb of the gallows, only a deafening silence prevails there. Situated near Port Blair's harbour, Viper Island Port Blair can be approached in 20 minutes from the Phoenix Bay jetty. The Harbour Cruise, obtainable daily from the jetty, provides an overall view of different points of the harbour and a trip to this haunted

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