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81 leaders in 1818 freedom struggle declared as national heroes

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President Maithripala Sirisena, in a special gazette notification, has declared 81 more leaders and rebels of the 1818 Uva rebellion as patriotic national heroes.

Earlier, on December 7 last year, the President annulled the Gazette issued in 1818 and declared as national heroes 19 persons including Monarawila Keppetipola who had been named as traitors for leading and participating the 1818 Uva-Wellassa rebellion against the British colonial rule.

The gazette issued on Monday includes 49 people sentenced to death and another 32 declared as traitors and expelled to Mauritius consequent to their involvement in the uprising.

The list of national heroes sentenced to death by the Martial Court are as follows:

01 Appurala Arachchila, Uva
02 Appuhamy Arachchila, Uva
03 Arampola (Loku) Mohottala, Sath Koralaya
04 Aluthnuwara Appuwa, Sabaragamuwa
05 Aluthnuwara Naiderala, Sabaragamuwa
06 Aluvihare Nilame, Matale
07 Ellepola Maha Nilame, Matale
08 Idamegama Ganethirala, Uva Medakinda
09 Iriyagama Kalubanda, Yatinuwara
10 Udapalathe Vidane
11 Kalugalpitiye Vidane
12 Kepettipola Maha Nilame, Matale
13 Kindi Menika Duraya, Sabaragamuwa
14 Kirinaida (First)
15 Kirinaida (Second)
16 Kiriminda
17 Kivulegedara Mohottala, Viyaluwa
18 Kuda Badulugammana Raterala, Wellassa
19 Kumbakele Shilpa
20 Kethukurala, SathKoralaya
21 Kotabowe Magalarawe Mohottala, Wellassa
22 Ganitha Uva
23 Thennewatte Disawa, Dumbara
24 Diyakele Pihanarala
25 Deegolle Raterala, Uva
26 Dewdiya Raterala, Uva Yatikinda
27 Dewagolle Hondahami, Sabaragamuwa
28 Nindagame Dinga
29 Tikirala Alias Kandukara Arachchi
30 Tikiri Rala
31 Pelawa Mahaduraya
32 Puncha/Pinchi
33 Polgahagedara Pihanarala, Uva
34 Butawe Raterala, Wellassa
35 Boragolle Mohottala, Walapane
36 Bodimaluwe Vidane, Sabaragamuwa
37 Madugalle Udagabada Nilame, Dumbara
38 Madulle Aruma, Walapane
39 Madulle Ganethirala, Walapane
40 Madulle Punchirala, Walpane
41 Mawathagama Nilame, Sath Koralaya
42 Medagasthalawe Basnayaka Rala
43 Wadawela Mohottala, Uva
44 Welarawe Raterala, Uva
45 Sedara, Sabaragamuwa
46 Hakmana Thennewatte Nilame, Dumbara
47 Hannasgedara Mohottala, Matale
48 Haloluwe KudaSattambi, Harispattuwa
49 Higgahalande Vidane, Uva

The list of national heroes declared as traitors and expelled to Mauritius:

01 Ambagaspitiye Lekam, Dumbara
02 Amunugama Hitapu Kunam MaduweLekam, Dumbara
03 Ihagama Unnanse, Harispattuwa
04 Iriyagama Nilame, Yatinuwara
05 Iriyagama Rate Mahathmaya, Yatinuwara
06 Ketakele Mohottala, Uva
07 Ketakumbure Hitapu Rate Mahathmaya, Udunuwara
08 Kurukohogama Kiribanda, Dumbara
09 Kempitiye Korala, Sathara Koralaya
10 Kohukumbure Raterala, Wellassa
11 Galagoda Kotte Disa Mahathmaya, Hewaheta
12 Godegedara Adikaram, Wellassa
13 Thalagune Wannaku Nilame, Dumbara
14 Dangamuwe Mohottala, Uva Yatikinda
15 Dedunupitiya Mohottala, Thumpane Palle Palatha
16 Demodara Mohottala, Sabaragamuwa
17 Dodamwala Banda
18 Pitawala Lekam Mahathmaya, Dumbara
19 Pilimathalawe Nilame, Yatinuwara
20 Maththemagoda Thamankaduwa Disawa, Thumpane
21 Mathethemagoda Thun Korale Disawa, Thumpane
22 Meegahapitiye Raterala, Wellassa
23 Meewathure Hitapu Lekam, Yatinuwara
24 Rahupola Pihanarala, Uva Udukinda
25 Wattekele Mohottala, Uva Soranathota
26 Walpalagolle Muhandiram, Thumpane Ganata Palatha
27 Wettewe Hitapu Rate Mahathmaya, Thumpane Uda Palatha
28 Hapathgamuwa (Loku) Mohottala, Viyaluwa
29 Hapathgamuwe (Kuda) Mohottala, Viyaluwa
30 Kanawerelle Raterala, Uva
31 Karane Raterala
32 Kurugahagama Kiribanda

(By Thilanka Kanakarathna)


  Comments - 13

  • ceylon Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:07 AM

    why dont declare prince wijaya as a national traitor.because he invaded veddas countrytoday we call sri lanka. via DM Android App

    Harry Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:55 AM

    From which school you had your basic education? Please reads the history - do you mean to say that Kuweni is hailed from Veddah tribe?? Don't mislead the younger generation.

    lakshman Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:15 PM

    In the same breath why not declare all those who sided with British in this revolt as traitors.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:56 AM

    A hero-inflation. Does Sri Lanka need heroes as a counterpart to war criminals and corrupt politicians? But who else can be worshiped in this country today?

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:08 PM

    one of the newly listed person by the president is my grand farther's grandpa.can you consider me for a vacated membership of SLFP or to national list next time

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:12 PM

    better we identify the present heroes and traitors rather than making the history up side down

    Nimal Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:26 PM

    That is what the British would prefer.

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:15 PM

    May be Ranil taught the history to maithree properly

    p.J.S.Fernando Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:25 PM

    Strange! not a single budhist monk among the heroes.

    stardust Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:01 PM

    I would prefer some present day heroes. Sobitha Thera Lassantha W. What about My3 RW Ranjan SF via DM Android App

    Lokka Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:57 PM

    What about Wariyapola Sri Sumangala?

    Jegan Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:06 PM

    In this context it is shameful for us to continue to remain as a member of the club called COMMONWEALTH which was started by the British for its former colonies as a way of still keeping us under its influence.

    Mano Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:09 PM

    We should rewrite our history books and call the British Empire as British Criminal Empire.

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