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Paritala Ravi

Paritala Ravi

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was a political leader inRayalaseemaregion of Andhra Pradesh. He started as a communist in the foot steps of his father and later entered electoral politics by joiningTelugu Desamparty. He was elected four times as Member of Legislative assembly tothe state of Andhra Pradeshfrom PenukondaconstituencyinAnantapur district. He was slain by his political rivals in 2005 . He was one of the most controversial people in thehistory of Andhra Pradeshpolitics.
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1 Early life 
 
2 Entry into Factionism 
 
3 Violence in politics 
 
4 Re-Organising Committee (R.O.C) 
 
5 Post-2004 Elections 
[edit] Early life
After losing his father and brother, Ravi wanted to take shelter to protect himself from hisrivals. He went to his maternal uncle, Kondaiah, in Seerpi Kottaala village of Uravakondaconstituency to take shelter. He married Suneetha in 1986 and took up cultivation.According to many allegations Ravi was responsible for the deaths of Gangula NarayanaReddy, Narsanna and Yaadi Reddy (1982-83).
[edit] Entry into Factionism
After Narayana Reddy was killed, Ramachandra Reddy of Telugu Desamparty becameM.L.A from Penukonda in 1983 and 1985 . In 1989 elections, congress formed thegovernment in the state. Sane Chenna Reddy became M.L.A of Penukonda by defeatingRamachandra Reddy of T.D.P.Ravi wanted to take revenge of his father's and brother's deaths. He joined hands withcommunists ( Naxalites
 
) in 1991 . Naxalites also wanted to help Ravi as his father and brother were their party leaders. Sane Chenna Reddy who was conspirator in his father'sand brother's deaths was killed in Dharmavaram in 1991. By-elections were conductedand Ramana Reddy, son of Chenna Reddy, became M.L.A in 1991. He found granite inhis field. This was the turning point in his life. He became rich after this project, the gamestarted.
[edit] Violence in politics
 
 
In the past 15 years, 670 Congressmen and 560 TDP men have lost their lives tofactional rivalry.[1][2] 
 
Paritala Ravi's name figures in 54 murder cases. About 10 Congressmen aremissing and the involvement of Paritala Ravi is alleged in these cases.
 
He was a faction leader whose name was linked with a number of criminal cases,the 45-year-old Ravindra, or Ravi, had a questionablereputation.
 
As news spread about the killing, TDP workers went on the rampage in severaltowns and cities. They set ablaze buses of the A.P. State Road TransportCorporation and broke the windscreens of a large number of other vehicles. Theyalso expressed their ire at government offices.At the end of two days of pitched battles between the police and TDP workers, the APSRTC was poorer by nearlyRs.20 crores. Eighty of its buses had been burnt and 576 had their windscreensand glass panes smashed. The vandalism was the kind which TDP president N.Chandrababu Naidu had passionately opposed when he was Chief Minister.
 
Paritala Ravi was among the 51 contestants in the last State Assembly electionsnamed as having a criminal record by the Lok Satta, a non-partisan movement for reforms in governance, . But Chandrababu Naidu stoutly defended Ravi'sinclusion in the TDP's list of nominees. "Many of those named by the Lok Sattawere acquitted. Values are essential in public life but there are some constraintstoo," he said.[3].
 
Frontlineeditorialised that "Paritala Ravi's murder not only showed the extent of criminalisation of politics in Andhra Pradesh but also exposed the deterioration of the criminal justice system."[4]<
[edit] Re-Organising Committee (R.O.C)
People's War Group(P.W.G) expelled Kondapalli Seetha Ramaiah from the party. Hesplit P.W.G into two. One was P.W.K.S group. Potula Suresh who shot Chenna Reddywas an active member of this group. This group again split into two. One was "Redstar"and other was "Re-Organising committee" (ROC). Potula Suresh was head of ROC andSudarshan was head of the Redstar. Redstar was favourable to Chenna Reddy's sons andSurya Narayana Reddy. ROC worked for Ravi. There was armed struggle between thesetwo groups and many people were killed.
[edit] Post-2004 Elections
Telugu Desam(TDP) lost power and congress formed government in the state. From theday three of forming the govt, i.e from May 14th onwards, killing of TDP activists startedin the Anantapur district. Ravi's houses in Anantapur and Venkatapuram were frequentlyraided by the police.
 
 
Paritala Ravindra's killers had a Plan-B
 29 Jan 2005, 2342 hrs IST,TNN
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HYDERABAD/ ANANTAPUR: Had Paritala Ravindra been hemmed in by his guardslast Monday, the six-man hit squad would have called off the bid on his life, MRekamaiah, an accused in the murder case has reportedly told police.The assassins reportedly had a Plan-B in place and would have made an attempt on himon Saturday. Reason: The crucial zilla parishad polls were scheduled for the day and hiskilling would have had an immediate impact on the TDP morale. As per Plan-B, theattack would have taken place in front of the Anantapur zilla parishad office, whereelections were held on Saturday and TDP lost the chairperson's post to the Congress. AFebruary deadline had reportedly been set for the killers.In fact, that's why the killers got into the TDP office well before Paritala came andwatched him closely. Even when Paritala was leaving the venue, his guards hadn't formeda ring around him. This pushed the team to go for the kill.The police on Saturday recovered a crude rocket launcher along with a scooter bomb andsome other weapons from Kanaganapalli village, 30 km from Anantpur town. The policesuspect that these weapons were kept ready in case plan A failed. Following Rekamaiah'sgrilling, police have reportedly worked out the broad contours of the murder case, whichsources say, goes like this:
POLITICS
 
Murder and mayhem
S. NAGESH KUMAR 
in Hyderabad 
 
The murder of a TDP legislator in Andhra Pradesh confirms the explosive nature of the mix of criminality, caste and politics in the State.

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