Alluri Sitarama Raju born on July 4, 1897 in Visakhapatnam District was also called ‘Manyam Veerudu’ meaning Hero of the Jungles. He was keen to know more about India’s political condition but had lesser interest in studies. He was a revolutionary actively involved in the independence movement in India. During the period 1922-1924 he led the Rampa Rebellion against the British for preventing tribal people in the forests from engaging in the shifting cultivation called the podu agricultural system which was followed traditionally. He raided a number of police stations in and around Annavaram, Chintapalle, Dammanapalli, Narsipatnam, Krishna Devi Pata and many others, to steal ammunition and guns to kill officers of the British army.
Alluri Sitarama Raju
Eventually the British trapped Alluri Sitarama Raju from the Chintapalli forests, tied him to a tree in Kayyuru Village and executed him by gunfire. The Indian Postal Department, in 1986 issued a commemorative stamp in his name. As a great freedom fighter who worked for the welfare of tribals, the Government of India installed his statue at the precincts of the Indian Parliament. He was indeed a brave son of India who laid down his life for India and tried to free it from British oppression.