Martyrdom : 05-08-2008
Com. Soni was a member of the Company-4 in Gadchiroli. She died on August 5, 2008 with illness. The PLGA had bid her a teary farewell with all revolutionary honors. Soni was born in Korseli village of Gangalur area in Bijapur district. She was just 19 when she died. Her mother was Lakmi and father was Maasa. They were very poor. She had two younger brothers and three daughters. She was the eldest daughter. She had lot of responsibilities at home.
She was in the Bal Sangam and used to bring food and water to the squad. She used to hear revolutionary songs with great enthusiasm. She was very friendly with the children in the Bal Sangam. As she grew up she joined the Jan militia. Firing on the enemy and ambushing became a part of her life. She worked in the CNM too. She was a member of the Aavnar panchayat CNM and propagated revolutionary politics through song and dance. The fascist SJ had started in Karkeli in June 2005 and spread to Gangalur area in September. When the SJ attacked the Korseli village, Soni was in the secondary forces and resisted them bravely.
She used to do sentry duty day and night to give protection to the villagers and their fields. She used to take part in collective works of the villages like building dams, ploughing fields, digging lakes and in other agricultural works. When the people worked in the fields she used to defend them with her Jan militia. She used to go to Andhra for coolie works but she always informed her unit when she went. She was a much disciplined comrade.
She became a PR at the end of 2005. She was immediately transferred to Gadchiroli division. She went there very happily and worked in the Bhamragad area for some days. When PL-19 was formed she became one of its brave soldiers. The Company-4 was formed on August 25, 2007 and she joined it. She took part in the special TCOC from September to December 2007. She fought with the enemy bravely when they attacked the Company at Dagun and Pidimili. She always fought against feudal cultural norms and opposed the feudal ideology behind women growing long hairs. She married the PLGA comrade she loved. She always followed the guerilla rules strictly. She was a fighter in the PLGA and a cultural activist too. Song and dance were an indispensable part of her life.