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Yelugulur Jaggayya

(★ – 1880) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Yelugulur Jaggayya hailed from the village of Vedlagedda, taluka Rampachodavaram, distt. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. He made a living as a shikari and actively participated in the Rampa Rebellion of 1879, protesting against the oppressive practices of the Mansabdar and British officials in the Chodavaram Division of the Godavari Agency.

As a lieutenant of Dwarabandham Chandrayya, he successfully looted and burned the Addateegala Police Station twice. On 30 April 1880, the authorities announced a reward of Rs. 2000/- for his capture, which led to Kotum Narsayya providing information to the police about the rebels’ movement.

Inspector Engledow, accompanied by ten constables, went to the jungles of Vellagalapalem, where the rebels had taken shelter. At 4 am on 31 October 1880, the Inspector initiated armed action, hitting Jaggayya above the navel, causing him to run for 100 yards before falling. He was alive until he was carried to the Jaddanghi camp, where he died.