‘Telangana Bhagat Singh’ remembered

CPI district secretary Rajgopal Reddy and others paid tributes at Prabhakar Rao’s statue at market area in Karimnagar town.

By Author  |  Published: 15th Mar 2019  1:13 am

Karimnagar: Rich tributes were paid to the hero of Telangana armed struggle, Anabheri Prabhakar Rao, on his 71st death anniversary here on Thursday. Considered as Telangana’s Bhagat Singh, Prabhakar Rao fell to the bullets of the Nizam’s army on March 14, 1948.

CPI district secretary Rajgopal Reddy and others paid tributes at Prabhakar Rao’s statue at market area in Karimnagar town.

Born on August 15, 1910 in Polampalli of Thimmapur mandal to Radha Bai and Venkateshwara Rao, Prabhakar Rao was attracted towards Communism and fought for the poor. He studied revolutionary movements as a teenager and gained support when he demanded equal rights for the Telugu speaking people during the Nizam era. His call prompted the youth in Telangana to begin fighting for Telangana’s independence and also increased the rise of socialism in Hyderabad state.

While studying in Nizam College, he was inspired by the ideology of great freedom fighters Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Subash Chandra Bose, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. He was elected as Karimnagar district secretary of Andhra Mahasabha. On the call given by the then district president Baddam Yella Reddy, a dalam was formed under the leadership of Prabhakar Rao which fought against bonded labour, suppression, landlords and feudals.

The ‘dalam’ led by the 37 year-old Rao burnt land patta papers of the poor kept illegally by landlords and Zamindars. Besides fighting against social evils, the ‘dalam’ also faced Razakars, the Nizam’s private army, formed by Khasim Razvi, the Nizam’s close adviser.

Nizam offered the Talukdar Collector post to Prabhakar Rao. However, he declined the offer and fought for the poor. At one stage, the Nizam issued ‘Nazar Bandh’ orders against Rao.

Members of the entire dalam (12) died in the exchange of fire with the Nizam’s police and Razakars on the hillocks of Muhammadpura near Husnabad on March 14, 1948. It was the first encounter in the district took place as part of Telangana Armed struggle movement. Tumoju Narayana, Papaiah, Singireddy Bhupathi Reddy, Balram Reddy and others died in the encounter.

A memorial meeting was also organised at Muhammadpura wherein CPI State leader Ch Raja Reddy and Rajagopal Reddy and others participated.