Naxal leader Kanu Sanyal, 78, commits suicide

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 10:31 hrs

Siliguri (West Bengal): Kanu Sanyal, one of the founding members of the Naxal movement in India, was on Tuesday found hanging in his thatched hut at Seftullajote village. He was 78.

Sanyal is alleged to have committed suicide at his residence in the Siliguri sub-division of Darjeeling district, police said.

Sanyal, a bachelor, was suffering from age-related ailments. The body has been sent for post-mortem, Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) K L Tamta said.

Sanyal was a founder of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) formed in 1969.

The Naxalite movement started from Naxalbari, a small village in North Bengal on May 25, 1967. It was led by Charu Majumdar and Sanyal.

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