Heroic sons of Ananda in the forefront of victory
Major General Jagath Dias, Major General Kamal
Gunaratne, Brigadier Prasanna Silva and Brigadier Chagi Gallage, all
Anandians, played a pivotal role in the battle against terrorism. Their
relentless drive to eliminate terrorism despite both natural and LTTE-constructed
barriers secured freedom for all Lankans, especially the nearly 280,000
people who were held hostage by the LTTE.
Major General Jagath Dias
Officer Commanding 57 Division
A senior officer of the Gajaba Regiment, Major General Jagath Dias
took up the challenge of commanding the 57 offensive Division in the
Vanni Liberation operation in the mid of Year 2007 after Brigadier
Sumith Manawadu. Major General Jagath Dias commanded his troops to
capture sacred Madhu Church in April 25, 2008 the first significant
victory achieved by the 57 Division.
Then onward the 57 Division captured the significant townships
Palampiddi, Periyamadu, Thunukkai, Mallavi and Akkarayankulam,
Murikkandi and Iranamadu.
Capturing Kilinochchi was the highest achievement by the 57 Division
under his command. Later he also commanded his troops to capture
Ramanathanpuram and Visuamadu towns.
Major General Kamal Gunaratne
General Officer Commanding, 53 Division
Another battle hardened officer from the Gajaba Regiment, Major
General Kamal Gunaratne first commanded the 55 Division in Jaffna and
later appointed as the GOC of the 53 Division. He commanded his troops
to capture Muhamalai, Pallai, Soranpattu and Elephant Pass.
Then his Division was moved to Mankulam and later deployed in the
battle to capture Puthukudiyirippu. It was his troops who captured the
Eastern edge of the Nanthikadal lagoon along with the Task Force VIII
In the final battle it was the troops under his command who recovered
the body of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the banks of the
Nanthikadal lagoon in Vellamulivaikkal.
Brigadier Prasanna Silva
General Officer Commanding 55 Division
A battle hardened Infantry Officer Brigadier Prasanna Silva initially
commanded the troops in the Mavil Aru battle and to liberate Vakarai in
the year 2006 and 2007.
He was later appointed as the General Officer Commanding of the 55
Division in Jaffna to command his troops to capture Nagarkovil,
Kudarappu, Chempionpattu in the Eastern coast of the Jaffna peninsula.
Later he commanded the 55 Division to capture Chundikulam and Chalai to
capture the entire North Eastern coast up to Mullaitivu North.
During the final battle in the Mullaitivu North Brigadier Prasanna
Silva commanded the troops to capture Vadduvakkal causeway clearing the
path for the civilians to escape towards military controlled areas.
Brigadier Chagie Gallage
General Officer Commanding 59 Division
He first commanded the commando troops in the Thoppigala liberation
operation which was considered the pinnacle of the Eastern liberation
operation. He was later appointed as the Task Force I commander and
commanded his troops to capture Silavatura in September 2007.
Later he was appointed as the Director Training of the Army
Headquarters. He was sent specially sent to 59 Division to overlook the
operational matters. It was under his supervision the troops expanded
Forward Defences in the entire Mullaitivu front which had helped greatly
to lay siege on the last terrain of the LTTE in Mullaitivu North leaving
no room for the LTTE to escape into Mullaitivu jungles.