VISAKHAPATNAM: Revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju’s 84th death anniversary was observed at various places in the district here Thursday. All the political parties, district administrations, NGOs, intellectuals and academicians paid rich tributes to Sitarama Raju.
On the occasion, the leaders demanded re-christening Visakhapatnam district after Alluri Sitarama Raju. Rising above party affiliations, all the leaders demanded Alluri Sitarama Raju’s statue in the Parliament.
At a function at Alluri’s statue on the Beach Road, Andhra University vice-chancellor GSN Raju, joint collector J Nivas, MLA V Ganesh Kumar and others garlanded the statue. On the occasion, GSN Raju recalled the relentless struggle of Alluri against the British. Senior CPI leader JV Satyanarayana Murty said that Alluri not only fought against the Britishers but also protected the rights of the tribals. It is high time that the rights of the tribals were upheld, said the CPI leader. He also said that there was a need to start an agitation to conserve the forest areas of Visakhapatnam where the government was trying to mine the bauxite reserves without taking into consideration the views of thousands of tribal families.
The CPM observed the day at the statue at Seethammadhara Junction. While paying floral tributes to Alluri, CPM leader K Loknatham demanded developing Alluri’s memorial places as tourist spots. A large number of AITUC workers were present. The CITU observed Alluri’s death anniversary at Poorna Market.