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South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

June 27, 2022

A memento was presented to Rahmatullah in recognition of his participation as an INA member in India’s freedom struggle by Andaman and Nicobar Administration in 2016

Rahmatullah, son of Hamidullah, born in 1922 around, was a resident of Junglighat, Port Blair. He was popularly called as ‘Rahmat Chacha’ in respect and affection by the local residents. He worked as a potter in the Andaman Timber Industries Ltd (ATI) at Bambooflat and his patriotic enthusiasm was always his eternal energy to live with. 

During the visit of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to Andamans in December 1943, he took an active part in all the functions as a member of the Indian National Army (INA). He was a member of the group that presented the Guard of Honour to Netaji in Andaman. He was arrested by the Japanese force in August 1944. During his imprisonment, he was brutally tortured by the Japanese force only to prepare him to confess that he was a British Spy. Despite the various methods of torture he received, he did not accept the false and forced allegation, and eventually, the Japanese had to release him in November 1944.