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‘Restore Kittur monuments'

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The ruins of the fort of Rani Chennamma in Kittur.
The ruins of the fort of Rani Chennamma in Kittur.

Litterateur M. Chidanandamurthy on Thursday urged the Government to protect monuments at Kittur. He also demanded restoration of the Kittur fort, a historical monument, and the Kakati house, where Kittur Rani Chennamma lived.

Addressing presspersons here, he said that Kittur Chennamma was one of the early rulers who opposed anti-adoption law and challenged the British Empire. Though her lieutenant Amatur Balappa killed British Collector Thackeray, Chennamma's victory was short lived. British forces captured Kittur fort and held Chennamma in captivity at the Bailhongal fort. She breathed her lost in prison, after the death of her lieutenant Sangolli Rayanna, he said.

Her legacy and the first victory were still commemorated in Kittur, during the Kittur Utsav in October every year. Now Kittur was an important archaeological site and the fort stands as a symbol of bravery. But due to apathy of the Government there was no protection for the ruins of the fort, and the surrounding moat was more of a vacant depression with wild vegetation.

Regardless of its legacy, the local people had constructed shops near the moat and the Kittur Development Authority had not taken any action. Chennamma's Vaade (house) in Kakati was also dilapidated. Despite reminders to the local authorities, action had not been taken, he rued. It was a parody that the Government which did not show any concern for the queen and her legacy was organising Kittur Utsav, he criticised.

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