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Prem Shanker Pandey

South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

June 27, 2022

Prem Shanker Pandey, son of Pandit Daya Shanker Pandey was born on 10th May 1908 at Aberdeen of South Andaman. He worked as Sanitary Inspector in the Medical Department.

On the day of the Japanese occupation, his house was gutted by fire in which he lost all his belongings. In April 1942, he became Joint Secretary of the Indian Independence League (IIL). In addition to it, he was very active in Sewa Samiti, a sister branch of the IIL. On 27th October 1943 he was arrested and imprisoned in the Cellular Jail. During his imprisonment, to cast pressure on him to confess that he was a British Spy, his wife Kishen Dei was also arrested six times and interned in jail. They had to face severe torture in jail. Finally on 30 January 1944, he was shot dead by the Japanese squad and buried in an ‘L’ shaped mass grave with 43 others in a row at Homfraygunj in South Andaman. A memorial ‘Balidan Vedi’ has been erected in memory of them at the spot where they got martyrdom.

The name of Prem Shanker Pandey inscribed on the Homfraygunj Martyrs Memorial