Women Martyrs of The Indian Revolution-Dobur Martyrs


Martyrdom : 22-02-2008

Comrade Mano Pusali (Kumme)

On February 22, 2008, an encounter took place between PLGA and C-60 commandos of Gadchiroli at Dobur. Four comrades Radha, Kumme, Rajitha and Jaggu were martyred here. Kumme was born in Penugonda village of Bhamragadh taluq of Gadchiroli district. Her parents died when she was young. Her 3 elder brothers separated from joint family. The young Kumme had to look after her two small brothers. They used to work in the homes of the people and filled their stomachs with great difficulty.

When she turned 15, she went with her brother to live with uncle. She came into contact with party after going there. Whenever the squad visited the village, she definitely went to meet them. The village elders tried to stop the young men and women from going to meet them secretly. Kumme was very much influenced by seeing the status women were accorded in the squads. Seeing the equal status of women and their independence, she also wished to join the squad.

As her uncle forced her to marry his son, she was in trouble. If she doesn’t agree, then her younger brothers will not be looked after. If she agrees then her life would become meaningless. She felt that by joining the party she could care for lakhs of children and her brothers also would be part of them. Thinking so, she joined the squad in November 2004. She was a member of PL-7 from the beginning. She was in the forefront in the attack on SJ in National Park area in 2005.

In 2005 in Kasampalli village of Perimili area in an encounter the PL deputy Lalsu was martyred but Kumme continued to fight bravely. During the joint TCOC, comrades from Maad, National Park and Bhamragad areas gathered together, about a hundred in number. Kumme conducted the kitchen very efficiently at that time without giving any scope for complaints. She always strived to increase her political and military knowledge. She married the comrade she loved. She told him before marriage that her first priority was revolution.

She was a comrade with steely determination. She conducted her revolutionary activities seriously. She never got upset even when she heard of the sad plight of her brothers. Though her life span was short, her ideals are forever.


Comrade Kamala (Radha)

Kamala was born in a family which had withstood the severe repression of the enemy in Gadchiroli district between 1991 and 1994. It was a testing period for sympathizers too as those who gave food to the naxalites were also killed. She was born in Kosmi village in a poor family. Her childhood was spent in famine and poverty. She became a member of the KAMS. She organized the women of her village in KAMS. Later she joined the Praja Rakshak Dal (PRD) and participated in many attacks. Then she got recruited into the Tipragarh squad in 2003. She became a member of the PL-7. As a member of PL- 7, she participated in many raids and encounters.

She was counted amongst the best fighters in the PL. Even during her last encounter in Dobur on February 22nd in 2008, the bravery she displayed was exemplary. In Dobur, Radha was injured in her leg as soon as firing started from the police. She continued firing in spite of the injury. She had the SLR of the deputy commander who was ill. She killed a commando with the first bullet she fired. She continued firing till the sick comrades of the PL were evacuated safely. After all the bullets with her were finished, she threw a grenade to stop the enemy from advancing. Her body was ridden with enemy bullets and she breathed her last. She was a model in bravery and courage. She was very friendly and had comradely relations with all in the PL. She had no gaps with anybody. Her sweet words were her hallmark. She personified communist values. Let us pay red homage to her.


Comrade Neeli Vadde (Rajitha)

Rajitha was born in a poor, revolutionary family. Her father Jooru Vadde was a beloved leader of the people. He was Perimili squad commander. He was martyred in the Jarawada firing in April 1999. Neeli was a small child then, not knowing the meaning of martyrdom or revolution. But as she grew up, she began emulating her father ’s ideals. Her brothers distanced themselves from the party after their father died. But Rajitha wanted to continue his legacy of sacrifice. She joined the party in 2004. She was very interested in songs, dance and dramas. Her performances were praised by the people. After working for a few days in CNM, she joined the PL-7 and learnt military skills. Though she was very young, her dreams were big. Her martyrdom is a loss to the party. She was martyred in Dobur in February 22, 2008.

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