Bengaluru railway station to be named after Sangolli Rayanna

Bengaluru railway station to be named after Sangolli Rayanna

The Bengaluru City Railway Station will soon be renamed after 19th century warrior Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna with the Union Home ministry giving the green signal to a proposal of the Karnataka government.

The State government had in 2013 raised its demand to name the railway station after the 32-year-old martyr, Rayanna, the chief of army of the Kittur kingdom who fought valiantly against the British in early 1800s.

“The Karnataka government had made this demand sometime ago. The Home ministry has looked into it and the Home minister decided to allow the change,” a senior official said. Local heroes have to be given due respect and the government policy supports such a move, the official added.

Rayanna, who was born on August 15, 1798, fought the East India Company till 1831 when he was executed. His life story was made into a Kannada film ‘Sangolli Rayanna’ in 2012.
He fought the British forces along with Kittur ruler Rani Chennamma but was impriso
ned along with her in 1824. However, he was later freed and he collected a group of fighters and started a guerilla war against the British.

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