Sri Lanka’s ‘wordy’ cop with longest name

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police Wednesday discovered that they may have within their ranks an officer who probably has the world’s longest name — 14 in all — and certainly a colleague who takes longer to fill forms.

Superintendent Hakmana Dissanayaka Wasala Bandara Amunugama Wijeratne Gunathillaka Rajanayaka Bandaralage Hakmana Walawwe Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana figured in a police statement announcing routine transfers.

Mr. Hakmana was sent to Embilipitiya police division from Gampola, according to police headquarters.

A senior officer said Mr. Hakmana with 13 initials and surname was certainly the man with the longest name in the department and could not remember any other "wordy name" in the 150-year history of the department.

Hakmana’s 14 names would be better than the 28 of an Edinburgh man because most of those names had been added by him over several years unlike the Sri Lankan policeman who has a birth certificate to prove his 14 names.

Hakmana has bettered the record of former Sri Lankan left-hand bat and right-arm medium pacer, Amunugama Rajapakse Rajakaruna Abeykoon Panditha Wasalamudiyanse Ralahamilage Rajitha Krishantha Bandara Amunugama who is a close second with 11 names.

Many foreigners have wondered why most Sri Lankans are ‘gay’ by birth.  Many have names “gay” at the end of names like Arachchila”,  “Mudiyansela” and “Hewa”.

It is not clear if SP Hakmana attaches a separate sheet with his full name when filling out official forms. (ECONOMYNEXT, March 8, 2017)






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