Veteran Telangana protagonist and social activist Dr Kolluri Chiranjeevi breathed his last early this morning while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in the city today.
Dr Chiranjeevi was hospitalised for his heart ailment 15 days ago after his two kidneys failed to function. He was kept on a ventilator since then till he breathes his last at 1.45 am today.
A palm of gloom prevailed at his residence as his family members, friends, social activists paid a visit to his house at Lakdi ka pool and paid their respects. Ministers KT Rama Rao, Etela Rajender, TRS MP Banda Prakash, Congress leader Gaddar, Chairman of Telangana Media Academy Allam Narayana, Telangana women balladeer Vimalakka and student leaders of Osmania University were among those who paid their tributes to the departed soul.
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) helped the veteran activist with Rs 10 lakh this time as the CM had also sanctioned Rs5 lakh in 2019 after he underwent bypass surgery. This time again, the CMO had come to his rescue once again as his family members took to social media to mobile funds for his treatment. Coming to know this, Minister KT Rama Rao spoke to the wife and daughter of Chiranjeevi and sanctioned a sum of Rs10 lakh towards meeting hospital expenditure on February 27, 2021.
Health Minister Etela Rajender and MLC Kavitha have called on him at the hospital and inquired about his health condition. The other leaders including Boinpally Vinod Kumar, Ministers Harish Rao, Niranjan Reddy, Srinivas Goud expressed their deep sympathise at the demise of Dr Chiranjeevi and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family members.
Dr Chiranjeevi is an alumnus of Kakatiya Medical College and was in a forefront of the 1969 Telangana movement. After the suppression of the movement by erstwhile rulers, Dr Chiranjeevi along with his wife joined hands with veteran Naxalbari leaders including late Kondapalli Seetharamaiah and founded the then banned People’s War Group (PWG).
Dr Chiranjeevi was one of the prime accused in the famous Tapalpur case in which he and his wife posing as farmers entered the Ghadi (Dora’s bastion) only to help Naxals kill the Zamindar of the area. They later surrendered to the government. He was also a close confidant of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram and involved in several social and Dalit movements till his last breath.