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Vadapalli Gangachalam

East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

January 27, 2022 to January 27, 2025

Vadapalli Gangachalam was a resident of village Vadapalli, taluka Razolu, distt. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Belonging to the Rajaka community, he took part in the Civil Disobedience movement (1930). On the occasion of the Venkateswaraswami Car festival in Vadapalli, on 30 March 1931, along with the deity, a Congress Flag and photos of Mahatma Gandhi and some other national leaders were placed on the chariot. It was objected to by the Government officials, and while the procession was about to start, the Sub-Inspector of Razolu removed the portraits of the national leaders. Consequent to it, the People refused to draw the car without the portraits. Over this issue, a commotion took place at Chinnavadapalli. While police arrested some people and lathi-charged, the crowd retaliated by throwing stones and mud on the police. Police eventually opened indiscriminate fire on the crowd. Gangachalam received a bullet shot and died at the time of being taken to his house.