Nalanda Ellawala

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Nalanda Ellawala
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Ratnapura
In office
Personal details
Nalanda Sampath Ellawala

(1967-03-26)26 March 1967
Died11 February 1997(1997-02-11) (aged 29)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
People's Alliance
RelationsNanda (father), Surangani (mother)
Alma materS. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia

Nalanda Sampath Ellawala (26 March 1967[1] – 11 February 1997) was a Sri Lankan politician.

Early life and education[edit]

Nalanda Sampath Ellawala was born 26 March 1967, the son of Nanda Ellawala, a member of parliament for Ratnapura (1970–1977), and Surangani, who later served as the Governor of the Central Province (2015–2016).[2] Ellawala was educated at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council for a brief period.

A member of Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who following his father's death was elected from Ratnapura to the Sri Lankan Parliament in 1994. He was one of the youngest MPs to represent the Sri Lankan parliament.


Ellawala was mortally wounded in a cross fire between his party supporters which included Dilan Perera and political rivals in Kuruwita. He died at the age of 29, on 11 February 1997.[3] A police constable was also shot dead and an inspector of police was fatally wounded. Two members of parliament, Susantha Punchinilame, and Mahinda Ratnatilaka, together with four others (security guards of the two members) were charged with the murder.[4] In December 2013 Punchinilame was cleared of all charges and was subsequently released.[5]


  1. ^ "Hon. Ellawala, Nalanda Sampath, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ 18th death anniversary of Nalanda Ellawala, Times of Sri Lanka
  3. ^ Sri Lankan parliament member killed, World News, CNN
  4. ^ "Ellawala murder case transferred". BBC Sinhala. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Ellawala Case: Deputy Minister Punchi Nilame cleared of all charges". News 1st Digital. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2017.