The jail authorities of Kannur central jail were waiting for the sanction from Jail ADGP Alexander Jacob to set up a novel museum at Kannur central jail, the first central jail of Kerala.
A proposal for this was already submitted before the ADGP, and a positive reply was awaited to set up a museum near the quarantine block, said K Anilkumar, the jailor.
The main historical pieces recovered from this jail are two Crossley brothers water pump of 1880 by Openshaw Manchester who worked with kerosene and was used in 1965 for pumping water like a Piranki (gun).
This may be the oldest water pump in the state and the jail authorities are waiting for an academic expert to repair it, because as such there is no rust in these motors,said K Anilkumar.
The Kannur central jail was established in 1869 by British government.
The jail staff has recovered the historical gazettes of St George which were published in 1900 with the emblem of the British government,a Gazette with Madras government of 1956 in Malayalam language,and the gazettes since 1957, the formation of Kerala.
They also recovered the convicts register since 1869, art and craft works of prisoners,acquittance register, salary of the staffs about hundred years back and the execution register after 1947.
About 75 people have been executed in this jail up to 1991. Two prisoners were executed at that time in the gallows of Kannur in a day.
Now six people would be given capital punishment including Govindha Chamy. Some of the registers and pages of the records were damaged by termites(white ant),but others are readable, said Mr Anilkumar.
The records of the freedom struggle, 1921 riots, Kayyur struggle, convicts register etc were recovered by the jail staff and would be preserved.
However, the Central Jail is facing a staff shortage, but the Taste factory 'Malabar Freedom',a Kannur central prison enterprises was functioning with huge profits.
The food industry was started on September 27 ,2012 , and flourished within four months of its existence and remitted 58 lakhs to the state government as profits earned through the sale of Chappati and curries at open counters and mobile vans.
Last week, a new item 'Malabar freedom Banana Chips' made in coconut oil was also marketed and now 100 kgs of chips were being produced per day.
These chips were being sold at Rs 180 per kg in open counters near the jail premises and mobile vans of the central jail, without using any preservatives and colours. Making of jack fruit chips tapioca chips is in the pipeline,jail sources said . UNI AK SY BM2355 NNNN
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