Paritala Ravi

Paritala Ravindra

Paritala Ravindra (August 30, 1958January 24, 2005) was a political leader in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, India. He started as a communist in the foot steps of his father and later entered electoral politics by joining Telugu Desam party. He was elected four times as Member of Legislative assembly to the state of Andhra Pradesh from Penukonda constituency in Anantapur district and also served as Minister for Labour. He was slain by his political rivals in 2005.

Early life

After losing his father and brother, Ravi wanted to protect himself from his rivals. He went to his maternal uncle, Kondaiah, in Seerpi Kottaala village of Uravakonda constituency to take shelter. He married Suneetha in 1986 and took up cultivation.

Entry into Politics

After Narayana Reddy was killed, Ramachandra Reddy of Telugu Desam party became M.L.A from Penukonda in 1983 and 1985 . In 1989 elections, congress formed the government in the state. Sane Chenna Reddy became M.L.A of Penukonda by defeating Ramachandra Reddy of T.D.P.

Paritala ravindra is actually well known for his settlements and mainly due to factionism. it is believed that he has been involed in so many political and non political killings for which at the initial state he has taken the support of the naxalites. he was grown to a position where even the chief minister also obeyed his orders. but he never used to go out with a tight security as there was always a threat to his life from his rivals. one such rival was maddelacheruvu suri. whose parents were killed by paritala ravindra using a TV bomb. suri who took support of his friends came back strongly with a powerful bomb attack on ravindra. luckily he was narroly escaped where some reporters were killed in the blast. suri was put in jail for this . but even from jail suri managed everthing . his main objective was to eliminate ravindra . it is belived that ravindras house is protected by numerous private gaurds round the clock. TDP lost power and congress formed govt in the state. From the day three of forming the govt, i.e from May 14th onwards killing of TDP activists started in the Anantapur district. . Only a group of 2 vehicles was allowed showing the reasons that it becomes difficult for the people to go on roads. His houses in Anantapur and Venkatapuram were frequently raided by the police.

  • Paritala Ravi's follower and counsellor, Basha, was killed in Dharmavaram by Soori's gang in June 2004.
  • Another of Ravi's follower Adi Narayana, who was Z.P.T.C member of Somandepalli, was killed.
  • Tagarakunta Prabhakar was also killed by Soori's gang which consisted of Julakanti Srinivas Reddy(Moddu Srinu), Damodar Reddy, Bhaskar Reddy etc. Tagarakunta Konda Reddy and Soori were the conspirators. Prabhakar who was entering his Sumo after having a shave was shot in the car by Julakanti Srinivas Reddy(Moddu Srinu). They escaped immediately after that. Prabhakar died immediately.
  • RK who was a follower of Paritala Ravindra was killed in Bellary by the same men when he came out of house for a morning walk.
  • They planned to kill Ravi if he comes to compaign in Byelections of Somandepalli Z.P.T.C. But Ravindra didn't campaign.
  • Anantapur DSP Narasimha Reddy was accused to be involved in the murders of Pavurala Krishna and his brother in Anantapur. DSP called them to police station. When they were on the way to police station they were killed.
  • On 24-1-2005, after the party meeting in the TDP office in Anantapur, when he was coming out of the office Paritala Ravi was shot by sharp shooter Julakanti Srinivasa Reddy(Moddu Srinu) many times and in the eyes as he claimed as a bonus for suri [ref: the TV9 interview], Narayana Reddy, Rekhamayyah. Vadde Seena and some others also participated in the shooting. Paritala died instantaneously. His gunman Habib and Ravi's follower were also killed. Remaining gunmen who were aged above 40 dropped guns on the shooters orders. Gangula Surya Narayana Reddy alias Soori, Tagarakunta Konda Reddy were involved . And a ZPTC member from C.K.Palli mandl Vanna Hanumantha Reddy involved in this crime by helping finance to Ravi rival's.

Violence in politics

Re-Organising Committee (R.O.C)

People's War Group (P.W.G) expelled Kondapalli Seetha Ramaiah from the party. He split P.W.G into two. One was P.W.K.S group. Potula Suresh who shot Chenna Reddy was an active member of this group. This group again split into two. One was "Redstar" and other was "Re-Organising committee" (ROC). Potula Suresh was head of ROC and Sudarshan was head of the Redstar. Redstar was favourable to Chenna Reddy's sons and Surya Narayana Reddy. ROC worked for Ravi. There was armed struggle between these two groups and many people were killed.

Post-2004 Elections

Telugu Desam (TDP) lost power and congress formed government in the state. From the day three of forming the govt, i.e from May 14th onwards, killing of TDP activists started in the Anantapur district. Ravi's houses in Anantapur and Venkatapuram were frequently raided by the police.

  • Paritala Ravi's follower and counsellor, Basha, was killed in Dharmavaram by Soori's gang in June 2004.
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