On November 14, 1913, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, detained then in the Cellular Jail, Andamans, handed over a petition to Home Member, Sir Reginald H Craddock, then on his visit to the jail, wherein he held: “Now, no man having the good of India and humanity at heart will blindly step on the thorny paths which in the excited and hopeless situation of India in 1906-1907 beguiled us from the path of peace and progress.” Savarkar had sent in an appeal earlier in 1911 and would send three more in 1914, 1918 and 1920.
The one he had handed over to Sir Craddock in November 1911 is reproduced among a large number of records pertaining to the prisoners held in the Cellular Jail in the early decades of the twentieth century by R C Majumdar in a 1975 publication.
Savarkar was convicted on the charge of having aided Madan Lal Dhingra, the one who shot dead Sir William Curzon Wyllie who had earned notoriety for acts during his long years in India as a British army officer and, for assisting Anant Kanhere in killing of the District Magistrate and Collector of Nasik, A M T Jackson on December 29, 1909. Savarkar was sent to India to face trial; he had escaped, jumping ship at Marseilles, only to be caught again—a summary trial after landing on Indian shores took him to the Cellular Jail. The conviction was spelt out on December 14, 1910 and he was held in the Andamans until April 1921 when he was shifted to the Ratnagiri prison and later to the Yerwada Central Jail. He was finally released on 6 January 1924.