Port Blair, July 08: The Andhra Association, Port Blair has celebrated the 123rd Birthday of Alluri Sitarama Raju on July 04, 2020, who was an Indian revolutionary involved in the Indian independence movement. He led the Rampa Rebellion of 1922, during which a band of tribal people and other sympathisers fought in the border areas of the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam regions of Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh, against the British Raj, which had passed the law. He was referred to as "Manyam Veerudu" (Hero of the Jungle) by the local people.
However, some followers of Alluri Sitarama Raju were first stepped into these islands in the beginning of 19th century and survived with families here.
The team members of Andhra Association garlanded the statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju at the premises. Speaking on the occasion, the General Secretary, Shri B. Ramakrishna has expressed his happiness over celebration of the Birth Anniversary of Manyam Veerudu, and further said "we are continuously striving to develop the structure further, many functions are held in the Andhra Association Hall successfully, but amid Lockdown due to Covid-19 from the past three months we misses to organized many functions in this hall. Hope the situation will become normal very soon".
Highlighting about the great and brave personality Alluri Sitarama Raju, the Vice President, Shri M. Kondaiah said, "He fought against British for sake of poor in the community, we must work to make his dreams fulfilled in his path". Shri Upamathi and Shri Anand Rao have informed about the life of Alluri Sitarama Raju. Sweets were distributed among the participants and sarees to the poor women also distributed in the function. All are wore face masks and maintained physical distancing during the entire programme.