Upatissa Gamanayake

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Upatissa Gamanayake
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Born Don Upatissa Gamanayake
Kantale, Sri Lanka
Died November , 1989(1989-11-00) (aged 40–41)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Other names Dias Mudalali
Occupation Politician, Revolutionary
Known for Deputy leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
Political party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna

Don Upatissa Gamanayake alias Dias Mudalali (1948-1989) was the deputy leader of the Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) during the 1987-89 insurrection. Not a prominent figure during the JVP’s 1971 insurrection, Gamanayake emerged as a leader only after the releasing of the JVP detainees in 1977. He moved up rapidly in the party hierarchy during the JVP’s 1977-83 democratic phase and became the second in command after the founder and the leader, Rohana Wijeweera. He unsuccessfully contested the 1983 Anamaduwa by-election under JVP.[1] Gamanayake was captured and killed by the government forces in November 1989.[2]

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  1. ^ Sri Lankawe Methiwarana Ithihasaya.Malalgoda Banduthillaka
  2. ^ C.A. Chandraprema (1991), Sri Lanka, The Years of Terror - The JVP Insurrection, 1987-1989, Lake House Bookshop,ISBN 955-9029-03-7, p.7

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