Thota Narasaiah Naidu

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Thota Narasaiah Naidu
Born Pagolu, Machilipatnam, British India
Other names Flag Hero, Freedom Fighter, Thota Narasayya Naidu
Occupation Wrestler
Known for Salt March in Machilipatnam

Thota Narasaiah Naidu was an Indian Freedom Fighter resident of Pagolu taluk, Machilipatnam . [1] He was a wrestler by profession and served in the court of Challapalli Zamindar.

Pagolu is a village in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Challapalli mandal of Machilipatnam revenue division. It is one of the villages in the mandal to be a part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.

Machilipatnam City in Andhra Pradesh, India

Machilipatnam, also known as Masulipatnam and Bandar, is a town in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipal corporation and the administrative headquarters of Krishna district. It is also the mandal headquarters of Machilipatnam mandal in Machilipatnam revenue division of the district. The ancient port town served as the settlement of European traders from the 16th century, and it was a major trading port for the British, Dutch and French in the seventeenth century.

On 6 May 1930 there rioting across India due to the arrest of Mahatma Gandhi for leading the Dandi March. In Machilipatnam, Narasaiah Naidu, along with other leaders, led a protest against this. [2]

Mahatma Gandhi Pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India

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Narasaiah Naidu, along with two other leaders, tried to hoist the Indian National Flag at the top of the tall pillar located at center of Koneru Center. [3] To stop the protest and the flag hoist, the police started to rain severe blows on them. They lost their grip and were severely bruised; however, they continued to chant the slogans. Narasaiah Naidu took the flag and hoisted it on top of the pillar. After 45 minutes of being beaten by the police, he collapsed from the top of pillar suffering severe injuries. [4]

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