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Kaneganti Hanumanthu was a freedom fighter who rebelled against British Rule[clarification needed] and spearheaded the Palnadu Rebellion against tax. He was executed by the British General Rutherford. He was born in Minchalapadu in the Durgi mandal which is in Palnadu in Guntur district. A local peasant leader, he refused to pay British taxes and participated in a revolt over the issue. He was killed while resisting British police forces at the age of 30. The following rebellion cry is attributed to Hanumanthu:
Neeru pettava, Natu vesava Kota kosava, Kuppa nurchava Endhuku kattali ra sisthu?
Translation: Have you ever irrigated the land, or plant a seed in your life? Ever harvested or trashed a field? Why would I pay you any tax for what is mine?
- Social Changes among Balijas - Sepuri Bhaskar
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