Prison cell in Punjab's Faridkot where Jawaharlal Nehru was briefly lodged in 1923 collapses due to heavy rains

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, 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-feet jail room, in which Nehru, K Santhanam and AT Gidwani were kept on 22 September, 1923, collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rains, Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police Rajbachan Singh Sandhu said.

 Prison cell in Punjabs Faridkot where Jawaharlal Nehru was briefly lodged in 1923 collapses due to heavy rains

File image of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. AFP

Nehru along with the two Congress leaders had arrived at Jaitu to participate in 'Jaitu Ka Morcha' launched by the Akalis against the Britishers.

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

Nehru had come to Jaitu after a resolution was passed in the Congress session in 1923 supporting the morcha. Nehru and the two Congress leaders were sent by the party to get information about political developments.

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

During his Punjab visit in 2008, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had on 23 September visited the cell, where the country's first prime minister once stayed. 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

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2019 20:41:27 IST