Parkala Massacre – September 2, 1947
Are you wondering about Parkal Massacre? But you have heard about the incident of Jallianwala Bagh. The Parkala Massacre was the killing of 22 Hindus by the Nizam of Hyderabad’s police and the Razakar in the town of Parkala on 2 September 1947.
And on September 2, 1947, there was a patriotic desire to hoist the national flag in Parkal, then a small village in the Warangal district ended a brutal massacre committed by Razakar. The Nizam’s people fired bullets into people who had gathered in the town to hoist the tri-color.
The incident has been called the Jallianwala Bagh of the south by former Premier P V Narasimha Rao. The memories of this brutal incident are still remembered by the old people who witnessed the incident at that time.
After India gets Independence on August 15, 1947, the Nizams of Hyderabad denied joining Indian Union and also enforced suppression against hoisting the tri-color flag employing the domineering army of Razakar. People were in grief at not being allowed to hoist the national flag, the residents of Parkal and surrounding villages planned to raise the flag on September 2 to celebrate the Independence and gathered near the ground in Parkal but an official of Nizams’ regime Ziauallah Khan warned the public to send it off.
As the Nizam officials prohibited all gatherings in Warangal, but the public went forward more than 1500 people came together to hoist the flag and ignore the warning of Nizam officials, and then Nizam’s police did a lathi charge the public and opened fired bullets to kill people. The Razakar charged those who wanted to hoist the flag and fired at them killing about 13 persons at Parkal and nine persons at other places.
As per history, Razakar tied three people to a tree and shot them instantly at Ranga Puram village and looted all the gold and money from them, also molested the women at Laxmi Puram and sets fire to the village.
After some years, the Indian Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao named the Parkala Massacre the Jallianwala Bagh of the south. The Jallianwala Bagh incident was a major turning point for the Indian independence movement when a British general, marched into Jallianwala Bagh and ordered his cops to fire on peaceful protesters, and they killed almost 379 and injured 1,200.In 2003, former Union minister and present Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao built a memorial called Amaradhamam at Parkal to pay tributes to the massacre victims. The memorial was built in the memory of his mother by Chennamaneni Chandramma. The memorial honored the people of Telangana in their struggle for the liberation of Hyderabad and the memorial has been used by the Bharatiya Janata Party to demand that the government recognize 17th September as the Liberation Day of Telangana.