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Thota Narsayya Naidu

Krishna, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Thota Narsayya Naidu was born in Pagolu village, Divi taluka, Krishna district, in 1910 to an ordinary family. At the age of 26, he joined the independence movement. As part of the Salt Satyagraha, several dignitaries and a large number of people led by Sri Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramaiah marched in a big procession to the Koner Center in the Bandar to raise the national flag. Thota Narsaya was one of the protesters who participated in this procession. When Narsaya saw the throng, he grabbed the flag from the ground and dashed up the tower ladder. At the same time, authorities from the British government at the time had the Connor Center encircled by extra police forces and were not allowing anybody to approach the area. In spite of the fact that Narsaya was being badly beaten with sticks by the police or that he was bleeding like that, he did not let go of him and went one step further. In spite of the fact that his entire body was bleeding from the strikes of the stick, he nonetheless raised the flag without fear of dying. As soon as he raised the banner, he lost his footing and tumbled from the roof of the watchtower. The banner floated above the watchtower. As a consequence of the event, he was sentenced to serve two years in jail. Following his release, he rejoined the movement and was subsequently sentenced to another 18 months in jail for his participation. He never stopped fighting for the rights of the people until his death in 1964.

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