YAKADAYA: from Iron Man to Serene Man
Yakadaya was a strong and robust man.
I was there when hundreds of people thronged and stormed the Chilaw
Magistrate's Court to catch a glimpse of Yakadaya (the 'Iron Man') who
was brought on a stretcher and produced before magistrate L.W.L.
Waidiyaratne in connection with three plaints filed against him by the
Chilaw Police on March 15, 1978.
Yakadaya made a statement in open court complaining that the Koswatta
Police had falsely implicated him in all the cases and that he had been
brutally assaulted. However, he praised the Chilaw Police for treating
The magistrate requested Yakadaya to make such complaints to the
Marawila magistrate as different cases had been filed for different
offences at Marawila courts by the Koswatte Police. Yakadaya was
undefended while sub-inspector W. Wijesuriya appeared for the
I was also present in court in December 1981 when Yakadaya who was in
remand custody and charged in a number of cases with theft,
house-breaking and attempted murder and was produced before Chilaw
District Judge M.H.B.Moraes who acquitted and discharged him.
In his heyday, Yakadaya was a strong and robust man.
It was revealed that Sanchi Aratchige Jinandasa alias Yakadaya, spent
the evening of his life at different bus-halts. People were frightened
of him because of his past high-handed deeds of daring. He lamented
about his wife who was killed brutally.
He was used to gambling. He was accustomed to lead a life of
solitude, because he was a changed man afterwards. He led a serene and
He always carried his pillow, plate and cup wherever he went. He
refused to admit about his wayward life and his adventurous and
undaunted escapades like another Robin Hood because in his active life
he had allegedly committed thefts, attempted murders, house-breaking,
etc. He shrugged off and did not reply when asked about his private
His ultimate wish to see President Mahinda Rajapaksa was granted.
What he wished was peace in the country devoid of divisions of caste,
creed, race or ethnic groups or colour.