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The Prisons Department said today it had changed the name of the prison hangman from that of ‘Wadhakaya’ to ‘Jeewa Harana’.

Commissioner General of Prisons Chandraratna Pallegama
Commissioner General of Prisons Chandraratna Pallegama said the said the previous Director General had requested the people to send a suitable name or names for that of ‘Wadhakaya’ after those who were selected for the post of hangmen had left the service with little or no notice.

“The name and the post of Wadhakaya (hangman) is more than 100 years old. The department recruited two hangmen recently, one for Welikada and the other for Bogambara. Both of them vacated post stating that they were sick.The one who was next in the waiting list also left after seeing the gallows,” he said.

Mr. Pallegama said the Department had received 198 substitute names from people. The names were sent to Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera via the Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry Secretary G.S.Withanage.

He said 25 applications have been received by Department for the post of ‘Wadakaya’. Some of the applications had arrived via e-mail Australia, England and Norway.

“As soon as the Management Service Departmentapproves the new name, we will call for fresh applications for the post of Jeewa Harana,” Mr. Pallegama said. (Sanath Desmond and Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Azee Tuesday, 24 June 2014 06:12 PM

    He appears to be over- confident that applications will be flooding merely because of name change. via DM Android App

    Alugosuwa Tuesday, 24 June 2014 06:39 PM

    Im surprised they did not name them Jeeva Karunyaa. Hanging is supposed to be the most humane swift and painless method to send one to the creator. Pathalayas can be called Disturbers of Peace. What a joke. In UK he is still called the Hangmen and in US Executioner. via DM iPad app

    prasad Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:12 AM

    For a moment I thought this article was about an ayurvedic medicine - Jeeva Harana Thailaya

    reader Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:18 AM

    err.... are you high? if you are I want what you had coz it has to be awesome!!

    king of wanathey Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:09 AM

    how abt "Gnanasarian"

    Dee Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:20 AM

    the other way is better. went to show hidden stock, tried to attack and run away. bang! why go through all this hassle.

    Haru Wednesday, 25 June 2014 05:14 AM

    Killing is not human. Killing by law is not human either.
    If creator makes a human who have done wrong then hang the creator not the human.

    KiloWattson Wednesday, 25 June 2014 05:36 AM

    Jeeva Harana name is suitable to private bus drivers too i guess.

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:30 AM

    only name change......function?

    Perumal Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:45 AM

    "Jeeva Haraka" is a better proposition

    raj Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:44 PM

    we dont need a hangman. the police will take care of it via DM Android App

    katie Mackintosh Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:02 AM

    What about "Terminator"

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:04 AM

    What's in a name: porters are called platform engineers, grave diggers are called cemetery engineers, and prostitutes are called erection and demolition experts.

    sarathsk Tuesday, 24 June 2014 05:47 PM

    jeeva harana sounds like a criminal act. why not Peace Keeperlol via DM Android App


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