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Martyr’s parents have a reason to smile

S. Harpal Singh
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Don’t resort to extreme step, yearns Bhuma Reddy's father

Coming to terms:The Enugu Narayan Reddy couple paying tribute to their son Bhuma Reddy at Borigaon in Ichoda mandal in Adilabad district on Thursday.—PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT
Coming to terms:The Enugu Narayan Reddy couple paying tribute to their son Bhuma Reddy at Borigaon in Ichoda mandal in Adilabad district on Thursday.—PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT

Tears in the eyes of the farmer, Enugu Narayan Reddy, and his wife Lingamma, from Borigaon in Ichoda mandal finally dried up once they learnt that Telangana State will soon be a reality. Though grieving over the personal loss, the couple now take solace in the fact that the extreme sacrifice of their only son Bhuma Reddy for the cause of Telangana has not been wasted.

The young student of a diploma course in animation at Hyderabad had committed suicide by hanging himself at his rented house in Sanatnagar on January 5, 2010. He apparently wanted to mount pressure on the ruling party to concede the demand for formation of a separate State.

“My wife has seldom spoken and rarely left the house since she heard the news of the death of our son,” Mr. Narayan Reddy says pointing towards a frail Lingamma. “I however, have not failed to visit his statue at least once everyday since the sad incident happened,” he adds as he indicates the affection which the couple had towards Bhuma Reddy.

“He became a staunch supporter of Telangana after he came in touch with other protagonists at Hyderabad. He firmly believed that youngsters in the region would find employment once Telangana State comes into being,” he recalls of the initial days of his son’s participation in the struggle.

The farmer himself became a strong votary of the cause for a separate State after his son’s death rocked his family. His keenness to keep the flame alive saw him get a statue of his son installed in his village.

“I thought of the statue so as to tell others not to resort to taking the extreme step for he cause. I also refused all monetary contributions towards making of the statue,” says Mr. Narayan Reddy.

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