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The Bulldozer destroyed by Hasalaka Gamini at Elephant Pass

Elephant Pass, Jaffna and North, Sri Lanka.
Location : Elephant Pass
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Sri Lanka Corporal Gamini Kularatne PWV, called the Hasalaka Hero was a Sri Lankan soldier. He was the first recipient of the Parama Weera Vibhushanaya, the highest award for gallantry awarded by the Sri Lanka Army.
On the night of July 10, 1991 over 5,000 LTTE cadres surrounded the 600 strong Army garrison located at Elephant Pass. Gamini and his regiment were tasked with watching for possible LTTE infiltrators.
As dusk fell the LTTE cadres launched several human wave attacks. But the sight of a hitherto unknown armoured bulldozer sent shock waves among soldiers at all sentry points.
Suddenly Lance Corporal Kularatne, holding two grenades in his hands, dashed out towards the oncoming bulldozer tank, clambered up the tank’s ladder and tossed the two grenades inside it, disregarding the numerous injuries he himself had suffered by then from the bullets of LTTE. Within seconds, fiery bursts of fire accompanied by a series of explosions occurred. Lance Corporal Gamini Kularatne was flung to the ground lay motionless. Thus the siege of Elephant Pass Army Camp was broken.
The memorial to Corporal Gamini was later set up in Elephant Pass with the remains of very bulldozer he destroyed, after the war was over.

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