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Vemuru Lakshmaiah

(1894 – 1965) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Vemuru Lakshmaiah (Aged 71) , born in 1894 in the village of Alluru in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, India, was the son of Shri Pitchaiah. As a student, he expressed his patriotism by inscribing ‘The Vande Mataram’ slogan on walls and singing patriotic songs in the streets. He, along with Sri Vennelakanti Raghavaiah, faced imprisonment during the Non-Cooperation Movement. Vemuru also defied the ban by distributing the book ‘The Indian War of Independence: 1857’ authored by Veer Savarkar.

Vemuru assumed the role of Secretary of the District Home Rule League and established the Sri Vivekananda School in Kavali, managing it for a period. He actively participated in the Gogulapalli Satyagraha from 1930 to 1932, earning the appreciation of Mahatma Gandhi. Subsequently, in 1932, he served a five-month prison sentence. Vemuru established connections with the militant movement centered in Pondicherry.

He once again found himself incarcerated for his active involvement in the Individual Satyagraha and the Quit India Movement, spending time in prisons in Alipore, Vellore, and Rajahmundry. Vemuru served as the District Congress Secretary for an extended period. He passed away in 1965.