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In the wake of Kattabomman's death and his upraising, the British tailed the people who supported him, and the other chieftains Maruthu Brothers. They finally rounded up 73 rebels. Most of them were Kattabomman's followers and belonged to Palayakarar community. About 216
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Coming back to 73 condemned rebels, the British in February 1802 took them to Tutukudi (present day Thoothukudi). According to historian Rajayyan of M.K. university, Madurai, they were under the custody of military officer one Col James Welsh. Among them, Vengum Periya Wodaiyana Thevar of Sivaganga; Doraiswamy, the son of Chinna Marudu; Jagannatha Ayyar, rebel amildar of Ramnad; and others were tagged as the ‘chief rebels. These rebels and others from south Tamil Nadu became the first ones to have been banished from their motherland to an unknown destination in Penang. Rajayyan mentioned that Doraisamy returned to India and could not go to his native place Sivaganga and died in Madurai in 1823.
On this day when we are celebrating the 72nd Independence Day, we must remember and express our gratitude to these great rebels who were the earliest unsung Indian freedom fighters from Tamil Nadu who had nothing to offer except their own lives to make India a Free Country in course of time.