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Abandoned colonial architecture covered with big tree roots at Ross island. Photo credit: CRS PHOTO/Shutterstock

For more than eighty years, a remote island in the archipelago of Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, served as a penal colony for Indian dissidents and mutineers who tried to revolt the British colonial rule of India. Measuring less than one-third of a square kilometer, the tiny Ross Island became infamous for the brutalities inflicted by the British upon thousands of convicts and political prisoners. Ross Island was the British equivalent to the Soviet gulags and the Nazi death camps. Everything from torture, forced labor and medical experimentation took place here. The death toll was immense.

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