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Alluri Seetha Rama Raju

Updated | July 16, 2017 16:37 IST

Alluri Seetha Rama Raju was born on 4th July 1897 in Pandrangi village in the Visakhapatnam district. His mother was from Visakhapatnam and his father was a native of Mogallu, near Bhimavaram, and was an official photographer in the central jail at Rajahmundry.

Raju’s father died when he was in school and grew up in the care of his uncle, Rama Chandra Raju. After the passing of 1882 Madras Forest Act, its restrictions on the free movement of tribals in the forest prevented them from engaging in their traditional ‘podu’ agricultural system. Raju led a protest movement in the border area of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh. 

Inspired by the patriotic zeal of revolutionaries in Bengal, Raju raided the police stations in and around Chintapalle, Rampachodavaram, Dammanapalli, Krishnadevipeta, Rajavommangi, Addateegala, Narsipatnam, and Annavaram. Raju and his followers stole guns and ammunition and killed several British army officers, including Scott Coward near Dammanapalli.

In December 1922, the British deployed a company of Assam Rifles, near Pegadapalle under the leadership of Saunders. Raju, who had by then gone underground, resurfaced after about four months and continued the fight, strengthened by tribal volunteers using bows and arrows under the leadership of Mallu Dora and Gantam Dora.

The British campaign lasted for nearly a year from December 1922. Rama Raju was eventually trapped by the British in the forests of Chintapalli shot dead with a rifle at Koyyur Village near Mampa Village.

 

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