Kanu Sanyal, one of the founders of the Naxalite movement of the 1960s in West Bengal, committed suicide on Tuesday.
The police said Sanyal, 81, probably killed himself but left no suicide note. “Dada used to take a nap after lunch. Today, when I went to see if he was sleeping, I found him hanging,” said Shanti Munda, who was associated with Sanyal for
Sanyal and Charu Mazumdar led a militant peasant uprising in Naxalbari in 1967 and broke away from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) two years later to form the CPI (Marxist-Leninist). The CPI(ML) inspired the formation of various Maoist groups across the country.
Sanyal differed with Mazumdar’s line of class annihilation to create a proletarian society. He believed in building mass organisations to lead the struggle against the Indian state.
Over the years, Sanyal had become disenchanted with the violence resorted to by Maoists.