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Freedom fighter Dheeran Chinnamalai remembered on his birth anniversary

Freedom fighter Dheeran Chinnamalai remembered on his birth anniversary


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Today is the birth anniversary of Dheeran Chinnamalai, a Tamil Freedom Fighter who fought against the British East India Company.

Chinnamalai was born on April 17, 1756 in present-day Kangeyam, to a noble family. He was one of the commanders in the Polygar Wars, notably during the Second Polygar War that took place in 1801-1802.

 

After Kattabomman and Tipu Sultan’s deaths in 1799, Chinnamalai sought the help of Maruthu Pandiyar and lead the local Pattakarars Polygars, to attack the British at Coimbatore in 1800.

His army was defeated and he escaped from the British forces. Later Chinnamalai engaged in guerrilla warfare and defeated the British in battles at Cauvery in 1801, Odanilai kangeyam in 1802 and Arachalur in 1804.

Chinnamalai was betrayed by his cook and was captured by the British in 1805 and hanged at Sankagiri Fort, along with his two brothers.







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