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Kosuri Subba Raju

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Kosuri Subba Raju (1914-1976) was a resident of Jinnuru Village in the Taluka of Narasapuram in the West Godavari District. He was born on 13 August 1914, at Khandavalli village, Tanuku Taluka to Sitarama Raju and Chandramma. He was a qualified Hindi Pracharak, Journalist, and Agriculturist. At a young age, he participated in the Salt Satyagraha movement in Palakol. He was sentenced to two years R.I. on 16 June 1930 and imprisoned in Tiruchirapalli jail. He was released on bail on 24 July 1930 owing to ill health. He was arrested for two days by Veeravasaram police in 1932 as part of a Civil Disobedience campaign at Ballipadu Village, Narasapuram Taluka. He was injured in lathi-charged and imprisoned for 45 days in Guntur in 1932, and again in Madras the following year for attending a political meeting. He was arrested and taken 25 miles away from the city; he was convicted again on 14 September 1932 and was sentenced to six months R I and a fine of 240/- rupees, or two and a half months imprisonment in contempt, for halting the train by pulling the chain at Nidadavolu station. The fine was paid in full in Rajahmundry Jail where he was being held. On 17 June 1937, he was convicted of six months in prison for attending the forbidden political school in Kothapatnam. He was imprisoned again in Rajahmundry. He was released on 1 August 1937 by the Congress Ministry of Madras. He took part in the anti-war campaign; was detained under the DIR from 21 November 1940 to 15 December 1941 at the Vellore jail. He worked for the promotion of Hindi and khadi and served as the General Secretary of the Taluka Congress Committee from 1939 to 1948 and as a member of the Working Committee of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (Andhra Branch). In Palakol, he worked as a reporter for the Andhra Patrika. He died on 4 August 1976, at the age of 62.

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