Belli Lalitha
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Belli Lalitha

Belli Lalitha (26 April 1974 - 26 May 1999) was a Telugu folk singer and founder of Telangana Kala Samithi.[1] She was killed on 26 May 1999 in Bhongir in Nalgonda district.[2]


She was born in Nancharpet, Atmakur Mandali, Nalgonda district in a Kuruma family. She had a brother, Belli Krishna, an activist and a government employee and 5 sisters. She was active in the civil liberties movement and an activist for statehood for Telangana region in the late 1990s.[3] Her father was a Oggu Katha singer and a labourer.

She was fighting for the cause of Telangana statehood and was immensely popular in rural areas. She was offered a seat by Samajwadi Party in 1999 elections from Bhongir constituency before she was killed.


She was killed in 1999 and dismembered into 17 pieces allegedly by gangster Naeem and thrown in front of Choutupoal police station. And the then TDP Government and home minister, Alimineti Madhava Reddy was blamed for the murder. Later others implicated Mohammed Nayeemuddin[4][5]


  1. ^ "Belli Lalitha Profile & Death Secret". 8 August 2016.[unreliable source?]
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