Alluri Seetarama Raju led the 'Rampa revolt' against British colonisation in the 1920s.

Andhra CM Naidu urges Centre for statue of freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama in ParliamentImage: Facebook/Telugu Desam Party
news News Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 08:43

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) would ask the Centre to install a statue of freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju at the premises of the Parliament House in New Delhi.

Naidu was paying tributes to the legendary figure at the Budameru Vantena Centre in Satyanarayanapuram.

The CM said that he had entrusted the responsibility of the statue, to Lok Sabha MP from Vijayawada, Kesineni Srinivas.

After garlanding Alluri's statue, on the date of his 120th birth anniversary celebrations, Naidu addressed a gathering at the spot. 

Praising him for his 'exceptional valour', Naidu reportedly also assured citizens that his government would reach out to tribal people and ensure their well being.

Meanwhile, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Visakhapatnam District Collector Pravin Kumar also paid their tributes to the revolutionary, and garlanded his statue at Pandrangi, his birth place.

Alluri Seetarama Raju was born on July 4, 1898, and is widely credited for leading the 'Rampa revolt' against British colonisation, mobilising tribals in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts in the early 20th century.

He also fought against colonial laws implemented by the British, like the Madras Forest Act, 1882, which greatly affected tribal people in the region. 

While leading the 'Rampa revolt' between 1922 and 1924, he and his followers attacked several police stations, and stole ammunition and guns. He is also said to have killed several British officers serving in the state.

As he enjoyed the complete support of locals, the British had a tough time tracking his whereabouts, during the attacks.

Alluri even went underground for a short period of time, before he resurfaced, and was finally gunned down on May 7, 1924 by the British.

He was since dubbed 'Manyam Veerudu' or 'Hero of the jungles'.

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