Balidan Vedi –Homfraygunj Martyr’s Memorial stands a mute symbol to the Japanese reign of terror in the islands. It was here, the Japanese Imperial Force brutally killed 44 islanders who were members of Indian Independence League (IIL) and Indian National Army (INA), Andaman Branch on 30th January 1944 on false espionage charges. On 30th January 1944 Japanese took away these members from the Cellular Jail to the village Homfraygunj on a hillock, shot dead and buried all the 44 members in a “L” shaped mass grave. On every 30th January, a solemn function is organized by the Martyr’s Memorial Committee with the support of the Department of Art & Culture. Tourists/officers from A & N Administration, tourism stake holders, eminent citizen of the islands are invited by the Administration to take parts in the said function.
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