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Post-Chundur and Other Chundurs

K Balagopal One only has to contrast Guntur with the Rayalaseema districts to realise that Chundur happened not because the dalits of Guntur are more oppressed than elsewhere, but precisely because they have fought oppression and have put themselves on an unrelenting path of social and economic advancement and political autonomy ONE reason why Chundur caught the whole nation's attention is the magnitude of the massacre. Eight dead bodies were fished out of the irrigation canals and the drains of Chundur and surrounding villages within three days of the gruesome assault of August 6; the whereabouts of another nine men are not known to this day, six weeks after the killing, which means they too were killed and thrown into the canals but did not float up at the places that were searched. This makes a total of 17 dead. The number becomes 18 if one adds Mandru Parishudha Rao who died of shock the day after the carnage after seeing the mutilated dead body of his younger brother, 21 year old Mandru Ramesh. And it becomes 19 if one adds Kommerla Anil Kumar, an articulate young dalit who survived the massacre of August 6 to give a graphic account of the incident but was shot dead by the police on September 10 in the course of an attempt by the latter to remove a hunger strike camp set up by the daiits a Chundur. Such a large casualty figure is such a natural and sufficient reason for the attention Chundur has received that one does not search for other reasons, and therefore one does not see other Chundurs.

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