In 2007 I got chance to visit Central Prison Madras along with one of my Historian friend who was doing research on British filing system for India Prisoners. The prison was 172 years old when it began to be demolished in June 2009. Prisoners from the prison were moved to the newly constructed Puzhal Central Prison starting from 2006. Madras Central Prison was one of the oldest prisons in
India. It was
located in Chennai (formerly Madras).
It was initially called the Madras penitentiary until 1855 when it was renamed
to Central Jail. It was originally built to house transit convicts who were
to face the ‘sazaye kaala paani’ in Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar
Islands and constructed at the cost of Rs 16,496 on 11 acres (45,000 m2) of
land. The prison housed Subhash Chandra Bose and Veer Savarkar during the days
of independence movement.
|Common Cell at Central Prison Madras|