The lion of Panchalakurichi. Veerapandia kattabomman -another unsung hero of the freedom struggle.
Lord Jackson had planned to arrest Kattabomman during this meeting. But Kattabomman escaped and fled back to Panchalakurichi. Following this incident in 1799 the British troops led by General Bannerman attacked Panchalakurichi. Though the british troops suffered heavy casualties the Panchalakurichi fort could not withstand the attack of the more sophisticated arms deployed by the invading army. Kattabomman fled from the warfield. He took asylum at Pudukottai Palace, ruled by his close friend King Vijayaraghunatha Thondaimaan.It is largely believed that Kattabomman was betrayed by this royal friend of his who helped the British capture him.
Namaskaram Ma’am! Thank you for penning this wonderful article. I just wanted to add that Dr. Subramanian Swamy has been petitioning the government regularly over a long period of time to commemorate the valiant Veerapandian Kattabomman by naming the Madurai airport after this brave unsung hero of Bharat. Hope the GoI heeds Dr Swamy’s and scores of other Hindus’ request from South India. We need to celebrate our real heroes instead of obnoxious frauds like EVR.