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Neelakanda Brahmachary

(1889 – 1978) – (Tamilnadu)

Neelakanda Brahmachary (Aged 89) was born on December 4, 1889, in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. He was the first accused in the murder of District Collector Ash in 1911 at the Maniyachi railway station by Vanginathan. He was the eldest son of Sivaramakrishnan and Subbuttai and was from the village of Erukkur, next to Sirkazhi. Sirkazhi Speaker Mudaliar studied up to class IX in Hindu High School.

At a young age, he mobilized 20,000 fighters and formed a revolutionary movement in the Indian Liberation Movement. When Lord Curzon divided Bengal in 1905, there was unrest throughout the country. At the same time, Neelakandar started the secret movement ‘Abhinava Bharat Movement’ in 1907 and took an active part in the Indian liberation movement. So the spy police began to secretly monitor the blue condemnation in English. He combined the name ‘Brahmachari’ with his own and started a magazine called “Sunrise”. He was a radical in the Congress party and was friendly with E. Chidambaram Pillai, Pipin Chandrapal, Bharathiar and Singaravelar.

Neelakandan had written a letter to Vanchinathan, who had killed Ash Durai, saying that he wanted a deer skin because he was working in the forest. Neelakandan was also arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting the letter to the police. There were 14 people accused in the Ash murder case, all of whom were under 25 years of age. Neelakanda Brahmachari was 21 years old at that time and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

According to Singaravelar, he was imprisoned in Rangoon for ten years in 1922 for publishing leaflets of the Commonwealth Party. Frustrated later in life, he became a monk and established an ashram in the foothills of Nandi in the state of Mysore under the name of Sri Omkarananda Swami. He passed away on March 4, 1978.