|Statue of Alluri SitaRamaRaju|
The repressive measures and the unjust policies of the British, coupled with the misdeeds of British contractors who exploited and oppressed the workers of the hill tribes of the Vizag, brought Sitaramaraju into a tussle with the police who supported the contractors. This eventually culminated in the Rampa Rebellion (or Rampa Pituri; 'pituri' means 'complaints' in Telugu).
Sitaramaraju carried out his campaign in the East Godavari and Vizag. Inspired by the patriotic zeal of the revolutionaries in Bengal, and the decisions taken by them at a meeting in Chittagong in 1921, Sitaramaraju raided many police stations in and around Chintapalli, Krishnadevipeta and Rajavommangi, carrying off guns and powder, and killing several British army officers, including the ruthless Scott Coward and Hites, near Damanapalli.
|A portrait of Alluri Sitaramaraju|
|Place where Alluri Sitaramaraju was buried|
On September 18, 1923, Sitaramaju raided the Annavaram police outpost. Subsequently, Mallu Dora was arrested. The Government entrusted the task of containing Sitaramaraju ‘s activities to one Rutherford, who fired the first salvo when his forces arrested Pericherla Suryanarayana Raju, popularly known as "Aggirju", a strong follower of Sitaramaraju.
The campaign lasted nearly one year from December 1922, and petered off by October 1923. Sitaramaraju surrendered himself, and was shot dead without a trial in May 1924.