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Yelugulur Jaggayya

East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

January 27, 2022 to January 27, 2025

Yelugulur Jaggayya was a resident of village Vedlagedda, taluka  Rampachodavaram, distt. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. He earned his livelihood, mainly as a shikari. He took an active part in the Ramapa Rebellion of 1879 against the atrocities of the Mansabdar and British officials in the Chodavaram Division of the Godavari Agency. A lieutenant of Dwarabandham Chandrayya, he succeeded in looting and burning the Addateegala Police Station two times. On 30 April 1880 a reward of Rs. 2000/- was proclaimed for his capture. It encouraged Kotum Narsayya to give information to the police about the movement of the rebels. Inspector Engledow, along with ten constables, went to the jungles of Vellagalapalem where the rebels had taken shelter. At 4 am on 31 October 1880, armed action began in which the Inspector fired and hit Jaggayya a little above the navel; he ran 100 yards and fell. He was alive until carried to the camp at Jaddanghi, where he died.