Andaman to salute heroes of freedom struggle

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Port Blair, Oct 12 (UNI) The far-flung islands of Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) will salute the heroes of the country's freedom struggle in its own style tomorrow.

The Department of Sports, Art and Culture (SAC) of A &N Administration has erected a memorial at Chatham Island to commemorate the 150 years of arrival of the first batch of freedom fighters on March 10, 1858, at the Chatham Island.

'' The arrival of the freedom fighters marked the beginning of the present settlement in the islands and we salute them,'' Rashida Iqbal , curator of the world-famous Cellular Jain and incharge of Culture section of Department of SAC in Andaman, told UNI today.

Governor Bhopinder Singh, will inaugurate the memorial built in memory of the freedom fighters at Chatham Island tomorrow in the presence of the lone Member of Parliament of A &N Islands Manoranjan Bhakta and A &N Administration Chief Secretary Vivek Rae.

The Chatham Islands, near the city of Port Blair, housing the historic port where the heroes of freedom struggles after incurring the 'Kalapani punishment' in 1858, have been given an attractive look to mark the occasion.

Members of various cultural organisations, local associations, school students, freedom fighters and prominent citizens are also expected to be present during the programme.


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