Swarnim Vijay Varsh Victory Flame: The Swarnim Vijay Varsh Victory Flame was taken to Cellular Jail at Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands to mark the 50th-anniversary celebrations of India’s victory in the 1971 war.
- The event was organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Command at Cellular Jail to mark the 50th anniversary of India’s victory in the 1971 war.
- The Chief Guest at the event was Army Component Commander Brigadier Rajeev Nagyal.
- Service veterans, senior Military Officers & civil dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
- The events included a band display from the troops of joint services; a light and sound show and a short movie on the 1971 war.
About the Cellular Jail:
- The Cellular Jail proudly stands as a symbol of India’s freedom struggle.
- This Jail was also known as Kala Pani.
- It was used to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago.
- Many notable freedom fighters including Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, and V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, were imprisoned there during the freedom struggle.
- Today, the Cellular Jail serves as a national monument.
About Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
- The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union territory of India comprising 572 islands of which 37 are inhabited, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
- The Andaman Sea lies to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the west.
- The territory’s capital is the city of Port Blair.
- The territory is divided into three districts: Nicobar District with Car Nicobar as capital, South Andaman district with Port Blair as capital and North and Middle Andaman district with Mayabunder as capital.
- The islands host the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces.
- The current Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island is Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi.