PM Modi unveils Alluri freedom fighter statue in Andhra Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled a 30ft bronze statue of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju on the latter’s 125th birthday here.

The 15-ton statue was carved at the cost of 3 crore and installed by the Kshatriya Seva Samiti in ASR Nagar City Park in Bhimavaram as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Former Union Minister and movie star K Chiranjeevi, among others, were present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Alluri Srirama Raju, Alluri’s nephew, and Bodi Dora, son of Alluri’s close lieutenant Mallu Dora. Popularly known as “Manyam Veerdu” (Forest Hero), Sitarama Raju, also referred to by his surname Alluri, was born on July 4, 1897 in Pandrangi village, Visakhapatnam district.

Addressing the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the 125th birth anniversary of Alluri Sitarama Raju Garu and the 100th birthday of Rampa Kranti will be celebrated throughout the year.

“As the country celebrates 75 years of independence of Amrit Mahotsav, we are concurrently celebrating the 125th birthday of Alluri Sitarama Raju. I bow my head and pay my respects,” Prime Minister Modi added.

According to the story, the regular patriotic speech during the freedom struggle had a strong influence on Alluri since childhood. Following the death of his father, his schooling was disrupted and he went on pilgrimage and traveled through western, northwestern, northern and northeastern India during his teenage years. The socio-economic conditions of the country under British rule, particularly in the tribal areas, moved him deeply.

During these travels he met revolutionaries in Chittagong (now Bangladesh). Alluri then decided to build a movement against the British. He organized the local Adivasis in the forest areas along Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts into a powerful force to launch a frontal attack.

Thus was born the “Rampa Rebellion” or the “Manyam Uprising”, in the forest area of ​​Rampachodavaram in the former district of East Godavari, which rocked the powerful British forces. Using the traditional weapons of the Adivasis, bows, arrows and spears, Alluri led many attacks on the British forces and became a thorn in their flesh.

The famous attack on the Chintapalli police station on August 22, 1922, with more than 300 revolutionaries, was the first in the series, which ended in a shooting.

Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi asking for a statue of Alluri to be installed in parliament. Naidu recalled that a decision to install the Alluri statue in Parliament was taken by the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee but was not implemented due to a change of government .

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Thelma J. Longworth