Martyrdom : 16-03-2009
The Vice President of KAMS Gadchiroli district EC, president of Aheri area KAMS and the party committee organizer (ACM) Com. Meena died on March 16 2009 due to falsiperum malaria. Her martyrdom is a serious loss to the Aheri revolutionary movement. She was 26 years old. Meena was born in the Parshavada village of West Bastar division in a Micha Muria family. She was shifted to Gadchiroli in 2000. Her revolutionary life was entwined with the Gadchiroli movement. Two of her sisters had also joined the party but both of them turned back. But Meena never lost her grit and served the people till her last breath.
She worked in the Etapalli dalam as a squad member from August 2000 to end 2002. From 2003 she worked as the deputy of LGS. She attended the 2003 Gadchiroli division plenum as a delegate. She felt that a platoon should be formed to face the enemy onslaught. A PL was indeed formed after the plenum. She became the deputy of the newly formed 7th PL. She was promoted to PPC in 2004. She worked in the military field till August 2006. She had participated in many military actions.
She participated in Koppela, Narugonda, Kummariguda, Koyamdud, Severi and Mangadandi ambushes. In 2005, PL-7 had stood by the people of West Bastar in countering the SJ goons and the police and Meena was part of all this. She attended the Zone level military camp for women as a student. She was a student in the 2002 division level military camp. She not only did PT and drill, but also taught others wherever she was present. She cut her long hairs realizing it as a symbol of feudal thinking. She even learnt to cut her hairs herself when nobody was available and became an expert in that too. In choosing her life partner too, she was not impetuous. She did not waver in spite of different opinions of some other comrades. She followed party rules in marriage and had a good relationship with her partner.
She took up the responsibility of revolutionary women’s movement from November 2006. She was co-opted to the division EC as the Aheri representative. Though she was in the military field from the beginning, she tried to learn organization work with determination and took up the responsibility. Many surrendered in Aheri area but Meena tried hard to restore the lost hold of the party there. Though the first conference of the women’s organization was held in Aheri area, it was affected by the severe repression later and stopped functioning. Meena’s efforts were crucial in building KAMS again in Aheri area.
Due to her efforts, close relations were again established between the youth/women and the party. She attended as a delegate the district KAMS 3rd conference in January 2008. She participated actively in discussions on KAMS manifesto and in amending it. She introduced the resolutions to be adopted by the conference. She participated as a delegate in the 2nd Zonal level conference of KAMS. Elected to the presidium, she played a good role in the smooth conducting of the conference. She introduced the political resolution in the conference. She conducted the area level conference of KAMS successfully in 2008.
A special meeting with women comrades was held according to the decision of the local party committee and she participated in it. She attended the Zonal level special meeting for women. These forums helped Meena in understanding the role of women in the revolutionary movement. Meena attended the Gadchiroli party plenum in 2000. She was a delegate of the party conference of Gadchiroli in 2008. She tried to enhance her understanding of the party documents by keenly following the discussions. She was always in the forefront in learning. She learnt Gadchiroli Madia Gondi and to read and write Hindi. She concentrated on learning Telugu after coming to Aheri area.
Her language was so perfect that it was as if she was born in Gadchiroli. Seeing how advanced she was in discussing and understanding political and ideological issues, comrades used to be surprised that she learnt to read and write in the party and not at home. She had more grip on them than educated persons. She shared her knowledge with fellow comrades during combined study. She was always ready to sing songs and was in the forefront in giving slogans in rallies.