Munagalapalem memorial unveiled
THE HANS INDIA |
Aug 16,2017 , 11:15 PM IST
Tirupati: Unable to forget the sacrifice made by the farmers, who lost their lives in a mishap at Yerpedu police station on April 21, a memorial was unveiled at Munagalapalem village on Wednesday. The founder and general secretary of Rashtriya Seva Samithi (RASS) G Munirathnam inaugurated the memorial.
One of the farmers of the village Venugopala Naidu thought that a fitting tribute be made to the 13 persons whose efforts in fighting against the sand mafia should not go in vein. He took the initiative and built the memorial. It may be recalled that the villagers went to Yerpedu police station to complain against the sand mafia on that fateful day. At that time, a lorry had mowed down the farmers.
- Venugopala Naidu, one of the villagers, has constructed the memorial
- 13 farmers were mowed down by a lorry on April 21 at Yerpedu police station
In the accident, 13 people including a news reporter died and another 15 persons injured. A farmer’s bust holding a plough with his left hand and a turban on his head was placed on top of the memorial which was built in round shape at a height of 30 feet.
The location of the memorial was rightly chosen at the right side of the village entrance so that whoever enters the village should see it and pay homage to the departed souls. The names of all those died in the tragic incident were inscribed on it.
Speaking on the occasion after inaugurating the memorial, Munirathnam said that the villagers lost their lives due to the indifferent attitude of the officers. He recalled that the RASS had built several check dams in Swarnamukhi river in the past.
Due to the illegal sand mining which has no bounds the check dams have disappeared, he said. The people of the area shows lot of affection and respect towards RASS. The villagers particularly women in large number have attended the inaugural event.
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