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Top Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal passes away

Sanyal was among the last links between CPI(ML), considered as the father of leftwing insurgency in India and its offshoot CPI(Maoist).

Apr 19, 2017 11:02 IST
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Narayan Sanyal, a top leader of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist [CPI-Maoist], passed away on 17 April 2017 following a prolonged illness in a South Kolkata hospital. He was 78.

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Famously known as Bijoy-da, Narayan Sanyal joined the Maoist politics in 1967.

About Narayan Sanyal
•Born in undivided Bengal’s Bogra district, now in Bangladesh, Sanyal was known for his keen interest in football.
•Sanyal and his family shifted to West Bengal in the 1940s where he got a job in a bank. However, he soon left the job to join the CPI-Marxist-Leninist (ML) in the 1960s.
•Sanyal was among the last links between CPI(ML), considered as the father of leftwing insurgency in India and its offshoot CPI(Maoist), which is perceived as India’s gravest internal security threat.
•In December 2005,  Sanyal was arrested from Raipur in Chhattisgarh when he was serving as a member of the banned CPI (Maoist)’s politburo, the highest decision-making body.
•He was released from jail in 2014 due to failing health and had been living in Kolkata since.

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