On December 22, 1969, the squad had stopped in a village while on their way to a partyconference. They were travelling from plain areas to the forest area. In the hills ofRangametia, the police surrounded Comrades Nirmala, Ankamma, Saraswati along withcomrades Panigrahi, Ramesh Chandra Sahu, Tamada Chinababu and shot them afterseriously torturing them. An informer had informed the police about their whereabouts. Afterconducting post-mortem on their bodies, the police threw their bodies on the road andshowed the world how degenerated they can be.Comrade Nirmala stayed undaunted when she was tortured by the enemy. Her courage,valour, her initiative and sagacity in the liberation struggle stands an example not only for thewomen of Andhra, but of India. All the women comrades who join the revolution since thenlook up to her for inspiration and each one of them considers herself a revolutionary heir ofNirmala. Nirmala is the most common name taken by women comrades who join therevolutionary movement. Many revolutionary couples and sympathizers named theirdaughters after her. Such is the legend of Com. Panchadi Nirmala. Whether it was in leadingthe party, army or mass organizations, in ensuring people's participation, in leaving behindher children, continuing the work of her husband even after his martyrdom with greatdetermination or in facing the enemy torture Nirmala had set the highest standards for allcommunists to follow and especially for the women comrades. The name of Nirmala wouldlive forever in the hearts of the oppressed and expoited people of India.
Comrade Dunna Ankamma
Martyrdom : 22-12-1969
Comrade Gorakala Ankamma was a woman activist from Rajam of Tekkali taluq, Srikakulamdt. She was born in the 50s in a poor peasant family. Even at an early age of eighteen, herevery word and activity reflected her anger at landlords and moneybags. With her keenobservation, she understood about the exploitation of the landlords and the usurers and had joined the 'Tegimpu Sangam' at a young age. She undertook all kinds of rigourous training inthe sangam. She understood that she could get real freedom only by fighting for it. She wastotally inspired by the clarion call of liberation struggle of the peasants. She joined the armedsquad under the leadership of Nirmala.Garudabhadra was a place where a human beast named Maddi Kamesh was ruling the roost.She became a member of the women squad which specifically went there to organize thepeople against the said villain. The landlord’s henchmen tried to resist the entry of the squadwith goondaism. And in repelling them, Ankamma along with Nirmala played a key role. Theycould teach him the first lesson of his life. She also participated in the actions on SaraAppanna, on the land lord of Bathupuram and in the struggle against private bus owners. Shewas part of all the brave actions of the Sangam.Comrade Ankamma was very conscious in exhibiting and directing her initiative and angeragainst class enemy. She was very active in the liberation struggle. Even when they werehounded by the police she never wavered or looked back. In the Rangametia incidentAnkamma was killed by the police on December 22, 1969. Her life and death created a nichefor her in the revolutionary struggle. Ankamma opened a fresh ground in revolutionarystruggle. She was an exemplary comrade.
Comrade Telakala Saraswati
Martyrdom : 22-12-1969
Comrade Telakala Saraswati was a young woman born in a poor peasant family. Her parentsdied when she was young. She had an elder sister. At first her sister was attracted towardsthe activities of the 'Tegimpu Sangam' and joined it. With her inspiration Saraswathi also joined it. Both of them worked together. As a result they had to face the threats of the landlord. Due to this, she and her sister started to live in the office premises of the organisation.After some days her sister left the movement and went back home. But Saraswathi stoodfirm. She realized that she has to work more firmly in the Sangam if she has to face the landlords who threaten her. Within a few days she joined the armed squad. She was active in theactions on Maddi Kamesh, Sara Appanna, Bathupuram land lord and in seizing theirproperties. She was also part of the struggle against the private bus owners. In this mannershe was active in all the struggles led by Nirmala.She never looked back even when their squads were hounded by the police. She was caughtalong with Comrade Nirmala and others on December 22, 1969. She stood like a firm rockeven when the enemy tortured her. She was a valorous lady, who defied every form of torture