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Swaroop Lall

South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

August 05, 2022

Swaroop Lall, son of Sita Ram was born on 23 March 1923. He lived at Golghar of South Andaman. He was an active member of the Indian National Army.

During the Second World War, the Japanese occupied the Andaman Islands in March 1942. In the same year in April, the Andaman branch of the Indian Independence League was formed following the path of Rash Behari Bose. In the month of June 1942, Indian National Army was organized in Andaman. On the day of its formation, Swaroop Lall courageously joined the Indian National Army at Port Blair. He took part in all activities of the Indian National Army (INA). Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited the Andaman Islands on 29 December 1943. On his arrival at the Lamba Line Airport of Port Blair, he received the Guard of Honor presented by Swaroop Lall and the Indian National Army (INA) members.

Indian National Army (INA) members present a Guard of Honor to Netaji on his arrival at the airport at Port Blair on 29 December 1943 (Courtesy – Netaji Gallery in Cellular Jail, Port Blair)

Netaji hoisted the Indian flag on 30 December 1943 for the first time at Gymkhana Ground at Port Blair. On this occasion too, Swaroop Lall and his troop members of INA presented the Guard of Honor to Netaji. He left Andaman on 31 December 1943.

After his departure, on 18 February 1944 Major General Arcot Doraiswamy Loganadan arrived in the Andamans as Chief Commissioner of Azad Hind Government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands appointed by Netaji. He was accompanied by his staff consisting of Major Mansoor Ali Alvi, Lieutenant Mohammed Iqbal, Lt. Suba Singh, and steno-typist Mr. Srinivasa Shastri. They established the Azad Hind Government to carry out civil administration in the islands. The local Indian National Army (INA) members including Swaroop Lall actively assisted them in the activities of the Azad Hind Government of the Indian National Army (INA) in the islands under Col. Loganadan. The Indian National Army (INA) volunteers underwent Para-military training also.

Swaroop Lall with many other Indian National Army (INA) and the Indian Independence League (IIL) members were arrested and interned in the Cellular Jail. Swaroop Lall was brutally tortured to confess that he was a British Spy, but he did not accept at any point in time; and eventually, he was released