A Maoist rebel turned social activist, Dr. Vinayan, who was suffering from typhoid and malaria, passed away on Friday night in a government hospital . He was brought to the hospital from a village in Jehanabad district for treatment. He was in his sixties when he passed away.
Popularly known as comrade, Vinayan was a firebrand Maoist leader in the 80s, who formed the ultra-Maoist party Mazdoor Kisan Sangram Samiti to take on the powerful landed upper caste. The Samiti was banned in 1986.
He carried a cash reward of Rs. 2 lakhs for leading the landless, who were mostly Dalits and from other backward castes.
Vinayan, an MBBS from the Agra Medical College, was moved by the plight of the landless laborers in Bihar.
Arriving in Bihar in 1974, he joined Jayaprakash Narayan's movement, but soon got fed up with the power-hungry Janata Party leaders. After the mid-1990s, Vinayan started working from a village in Jehanabad.
His dream of turning the face of rural Bihar did not work, but he did manage to create awareness among the landed laborers.