Kanu Sanyal, the chief architect of the Naxalbari movement who was found dead in his home in Naxalbari village in West Bengal on Tuesday, addressed four public meetings in the city and the last one was held at Gymkhana grounds in April 2007.

This was recalled by leaders and activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) who paid tributes to him for his contribution to the uplift of the downtrodden, mainly the tribal people, at a meeting held at the Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association hall.

The CPI (ML) central committee member P. Jaswanth Rao said that the late Sanyal dedicated his life to the Naxalbari movement and gave up his personal life for the cause of the downtrodden.

“Along with Charu Majumdar, Sanyal built the movement. He visited all tribal areas and united the innocent tribes to fight against the anti-people policies of the government,” he said. Pointing to the deceased leader's participation in popular movements in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Jaswanth Rao said that Sanyal participated in the Srikakulam armed struggle and underwent imprisonment for four years in the Visakhapatnam central jail in the 70s in connection with the Parvathipuram conspiracy case.

“He preferred to mingle with the crowds, rather than interacting with a few intellectuals,” he recalled.

CPI (ML) State committee members K. Kotaiah and Muppalla Bhargava Sri said that the late Sanyal was always disinclined to seek anybody's help in completing his daily chores.

“Till the last days, he himself washed his clothes and cooked food. He lived a simple life in a hut along with tribals at Hathigisa of Naxalbari village,” they said.

The party, they said, would conduct a public meeting to condole the death of the departed leader.

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