Top CPI-Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal out on bail

Sanyal (81), came out of the Hazaribagh jail in Jharkhand on Thursday after a district court in Telangana executed his bail.

Updated - November 20, 2014 07:46 pm IST

Published - November 20, 2014 07:41 pm IST - Kolkata:

A district court in Telangana has executed bail to Narayan Sanyal (81), former Polit Bureau and Central Committee member of the outlawed Communist Party of India – Maoist (CPI-Maoist), on Thursday.

It was the last of half a dozen cases registered against Mr. Sanyal in which the senior Marxist-Leninist leader was awaiting “an execution of the bail bond,” members of his support group told  The Hindu . Mr Sanyal, escorted by his sisters, came out of the Hazaribagh jail in Jharkhand on Thursday.

 

Due to some procedural lapses, the Khammam court was not executing the bail in a case in which Mr Sanyal was granted bail earlier.

Finally, the Telangana High Court asked the Khammam court to execute the bail and thus, he was released on bail on Thursday. The Supreme Court had granted bail in other cases over the years.

 

A top Maoist think-tank and leader of the Communist movement in Bengal, Narayan Sanyal joined Communist Party of India – Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) in the ‘60s. He left his job in a bank in Kolkata to join the Charu Majumdar-Kanu Sanyal led movement. After a split in CPI-ML in the ‘70s, when Bihar’s leader Satyanarain Singh revolted against the ML leadership, Mr Sanyal was sent to Bihar to replace him. Later he was arrested and sent to Kolkata.

 

Mr Sanyal remained in jail till Left Front came to power and granted a general amnesty to many of the leaders associated with the ML movement in the State. But soon after his release – quite 40 years ago – Mr. Sanyal went to Bihar started working with CPI-ML – Party Unity (PU), which was an union of ML leaders in Bihar and Bengal.

 

He worked hard in the villages of Bihar to strengthen Party Unity at the grassroots and later merged with People’s War Group (PWG) to form the CPI-Maoist. While Mr Sanyal was not active in Chattisgarh, he was asked by the party to focus on developing study material for the children and schools for adolescents. He was arrested almost a decade back in Chattisgarh and kept in various jails of central India.

 

“Known for his mental agility and thick moustache, we often used to refer him as ‘Stalin,”’ said one of his old but jubilant party comrades in Kolkata, who now works as a publisher. Many of his old comrades in Kolkata are keen to meet him after nearly half a century as he reaches the city.

 

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