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up in arms:Members of Freedom Fighters and their Heirs Welfare Association before submitting a memorandum to the District Revenue Officer at the grievances day meeting at the collectorate in Thanjavur on Monday. —Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
up in arms:Members of Freedom Fighters and their Heirs Welfare Association before submitting a memorandum to the District Revenue Officer at the grievances day meeting at the collectorate in Thanjavur on Monday. —Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

Freedom Fighters and their Heirs Welfare Association here has appealed to the district administration to take steps to preserve the 130-year-old prison, which is now functioning as juvenile home near overbridge, as a heritage monument.

In a memorandum submitted to S.Suresh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, who chaired the weekly grievances meeting at the collectorate, M.K.Valampuri, founder president, and members of the association, expressed apprehension over the alleged move to demolish the prison for constructing a combined district court complex.

They said that freedom fighters like V.O.Chidmabaram Pillai, Periyar, Sathyamurthy, Thamizhavel Umamaheswaranar, and Karanthai Kumarasamy Pillai were lodged in the prison by the British during freedom struggle. “The cells where the leaders were lodged are still intact. The prison’s historical significance is similar to that of the Andaman Jail,” Mr.Valampuri said.

Land has been allotted near the juvenile home now for the new court complex. The complex should be constructed without destroying the prison, they said.

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