Punjab Prison Cell Where Jawaharlal Nehru Was Lodged In 1923 Collapses

During the Independence movement, Jawaharlal Nehru and his colleagues were briefly lodged there for violating prohibitory orders banning their entry into the then princely state of Nabha.

Punjab Prison Cell Where Jawaharlal Nehru Was Lodged In 1923 Collapses

Jawaharlal Nehru and two other Congress leaders had arrived at Jaitu to participate in "Jaitu Ka Morcha"

Jaitu, Punjab:

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, Jawaharlal 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 historical 240 square-ft jail room in which Jawaharlal Nehru, K Santhanam and A T Gidwani were kept on September 22, 1923 collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rains, Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police Rajbachan Singh Sandhu said.

The three Congress leaders had arrived at Jaitu to participate in "Jaitu Ka Morcha" launched by the Akalis against the British after a resolution was passed in the Congress session in 1923 supporting the morcha. They were sent by the party to get information about political developments.

The SSP said the condition of the room was not good and nothing was done to maintain it for the past several years.

After remaining in the cell for a day on September 23, 1923, the Congress leaders were shifted to Nabha jail after the court handed them a two-year jail term on October 3.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, during his Punjab visit in September 2008, 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 has 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.