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C. Moti Lall

South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

August 05, 2022

C. Moti Lall, son of Chunni Lall was born on 18 February 1913. He lived in South Point of South Andaman. He was an active INA member of the Andaman Islands.

During the Second World War in March 1942, Japanese landed in different parts of the Andaman Islands and forthwith occupied the entire populated and administrative parts of the Andaman Islands. The prominent residents initially constituted the Andaman branch of the Indian Independence League in April 1942 following the path of Rash Behari Bose. In June 1942 the Indian National Army (INA) was also formed in the Andaman joined by the prominent residents of the islands. C. Moti Lall was among those residents to join the Indian National Army ( INA).

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in the Andaman Islands on 29 December 1943. He received Guard of Honor in the form of a parade by the Indian National Army ( INA) members at the Lamba Line airport on his arrival. The next day, on 30 December at Gymkhana The ground of Port Blair hoisted the Indian flag for the first time in the history of India’s freedom struggle. On this day too, the INA members presented Parade in respect of him. Netaji left Andaman on 31 December 1943. C. Moti Lall took part in all events of the Indian National Army ( INA).

The 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 – National Memorial, Port Blair)

Netaji sent Major General Arcot Doraiswamy Loganadan to Andaman. He arrived on 18 February 1944 in the Andamans as Chief Commissioner of Azad Hind Government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands were 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. The Azad Hind Government started to carry out civil administration in the islands. C. Moti Lall and other Indian National Army (INA) members were actively involved in the functions of the Azad Hind Government

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