Vanchinathan is an Indian freedom fighter from the state of Tamil Nadu, and is well known for shooting down the British District Magistrate of Tirunelveli, Robert Ashe.
Vanchinathan and his friends
Born in 1886 at Shenkottai, near Tenkasi, Vanchinathan was just 25 years, when he carried out this brave deed. This act was carried out when Ashe’s train stopped Maniyachi station, on the route to Madras. This station has been since named after this freedom fighter, as Vanchimaniyachchi Junction.
Ashe as a part of the colonial ploy, had worked against the Swadeshi Shipping Company founded by V.O. Chidambaram Pillai.
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Vanchinathan committed suicide, to escape being arrested by the Colonial rulers.
On his death, the following letter was discovered in his pocket.
The Tamil Nadu Government has built a memorial at his birth place.
His death anniversary is observed every year on June 17th, the day he left his mortal coil in the year 1911.
This young martyr gave British a tough fight during his short stint.