Punjab prison cell where Nehru was lodged in 1923 collapses

The structure could not withstand incessant rain
A prison cell in Jaitu town of Punjab’s Faridkot district where Jawaharlal Nehru and two other Congress leaders were lodged in 1923 has collapsed due to incessant rains, a senior police official said on Thursday. During the Independence movement, Nehru and his colleagues were briefly lodged there for violating prohibitory orders banning their entry into the then princely state of Nabha. One wall and the roof of the 240 sq.ft. jail room in which Nehru, K. Santhanam and A.T. Gidwani were kept on September 22, 1923, collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rains, Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajbachan Singh Sandhu said. Nehru along with the two Congress leaders had arrived at Jaitu to participate in ‘Jaitu Ka Morcha’ launched by the Akalis against the British. After remaining in the cell for a day, the leaders were shifted to Nabha jail after the court handed them a two-year jail term on October 3.
During his Punjab visit in 2008, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited the cell.
The cell is adjacent to the Jaitu Police Station. Punjab Congress general secretary Pawan Goyal said the then Congress government at the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 65 lakh for the maintenance of the cell. “The State tourism department had taken the jail room for its maintenance for the past 10 years, but nothing has been done to develop it as a tourist destination,” he said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/punjab-prison-cell-where-nehru-was-lodged-in-1923-collapses/article28567353.ece

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