Meetings, garlanding of statues and blood donation camps marked the 89th death anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju organised at various places in the city on Tuesday.

At a programmes organised by the Alluri Walkers Association, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, who participated as chief guest, said that it was a matter of pride for the people of Visakhapatnam as the revolutionary leader was born in Visakhapatnam and had studied at Mrs. AVN College in the city. He said that Alluri had sown the seeds for the freedom struggle in the region by creating terror in the minds of the British rulers. Responding to the plea for renaming of Visakhapatnam district as Alluri district, he said that it was a matter which could be considered by the State government and the district administration.

Earlier, he garlanded the statue of Alluri Seetharama Raju at Seethammadhara.

Walkers Association president M. Suresh presided. Earlier, association secretary Venkatesh welcomed the gathering.

CPI-M district committee secretary Ch. Narasinga Rao, GVMC chief engineer B. Jayaram Reddy, Chief Medical Officer P.V. Ramana Murthy and association members participated.

A blood donation camp was organised under the aegis of the All India Trade Union Council, All India Students Federation (AISF) and All India Youth Federation (AIYF). Kshatriya Seva Samithi president Ch. Venkatapathi Raju, CPI district council secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy, CPI City council assistant secretary K. Satyanjaneya, AITUC State council members Padala Ramana, G. Vamana Murthy and Sarvani Varma participated.

Mr. Satyanarayana Murthy called upon the participants to emulate Alluri, who had fought for the rights of the tribals besides participating in the freedom struggle.

Leaders of various political parties garlanded statues of Alluri to mark the occasion.

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