N Sitharaman Office:
In the run-up to the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav— 75 years of Indian Independence — Smt N Sitharaman, during her tour of Andhra Pradesh today, visited the historic Krishnadevipeta village & paid respects to freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju at the place he was cremated.
Alluri Sitarama Raju was an Indian revolutionary involved in the Indian Independence movement.
He led the Rampa Rebellion of 1922, in which a group of tribals and other sympathisers fought against the British Raj, which had passed the draconian 1882 Madras Forest Act.
Born on July 04, 1897, in Visakhapatnam to Alluri Venkat Rama Raju & Suryanarayanamma, Alluri Sitarama Raju was a student of Sanskrit, Vedas, and Jyotish Shastra.
He went on a pilgrimage across North India in 1915 & was deeply moved by the social-economic plight of the citizens.
On his return, Raju decided to work for the tribals of the Eastern Ghats & started to organise them to rebel against the oppressive British raj.
Living as a hermit, he, along with his followers, launched a fierce attack on the British, using Guerrilla warfare tactics.
He & his followers attacked three different police stations, killing two British policemen and injuring several others.
Raju laid his life fighting for the rights of the tribals and freedom of his motherland on May 07, 1924, at just the age of 26.