Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Madhya Pradesh Committee Member B.P. Sonia passed away on Wednesday at Gwalior after a prolonged illness.

He was 70, a party statement said adding he was suffering from blood cancer.

Though the CPI(M) leader had been in the jail for 19 months during Emergency, he had refused to take pension given to the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) detainees.

State CPI(M) secretary Saroj Badal paid floral tributes to the mortal remains of the departed leader.