Kannur: Six widows of sailors of the erstwhile Royal Indian Navy who took part in the RIN Mutiny of 1946 were honoured by the Indian Navy at a function here on Saturday.

The felicitation at the Indian Naval Academy was held to recognise the services of the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) sailors who were dismissed from service by the erstwhile British rulers for their involvement in the rebellion.

Vice Admiral S.V. Bhokare, Commandant, INA, presented an honorarium of Rs 1 lakh each to the six widows.

The Naval uprising that lasted five days began at the Bombay harbour on February 18, 1946 and soon spread to Calcutta and Madras before it was suppressed.

Several sailors were thereafter discharged from service.