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South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

August 05, 2022

Awaldeen, born in 1914, was living in Aberdeen village of South Andaman. Awaldeen was an active member of the Indian Independence League.

During the Second World War in March 1942, Japanese landed in different parts of the Andaman Islands. They occupied the entire Andaman Islands. The prominent residents were the key persons to initially constitute the Andaman branch of the Indian Independence League in April 1942 following the path of Rash Behari Bose. Awaldeen also joined the Indian Independence League and became an active member of the League. They moved from village to village with the objectives of organizing, strengthening, and collecting funds for the League. They also motivated the people through extensive public meetings, cultural shows, patriotic songs, and dramas, etc. These activities helped in uniting the islanders and igniting in them a strong sense of nationalism against British imperialism. Under the Indian Independence League, different sister branches were formed such as Sewa Samiti, Village Committee, Cultural Wing, and Peace Committee. Awaldeen was an active worker contributing to the expansion and strengthening of the League involving a large number of people in villages.

On 29 December 1943 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in the Andaman Islands and left on 31 December. He visited Cellular Jail on 30 December and left Andaman on 31 December 1943. After the departure of Netaji, during the month of July in 1944, a large number of members of the Indian Independence League (IIL) and the Indian national army (INA) were arrested. Awaldeen was one of them to be arrested then and incarcerated in the Cellular Jail. He had to undergo barbaric and inhuman behind bars of the jail. He was forced to confess himself as a British Spy, but he did not bow down and finally he had to be released after a few days.