Chandrashekar Prasad Assaassination

Chandrashekar Prasad (20 September 1964 – 31 March 1997) popularly known as Chandu was a student leader and later an activist affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation. He gratudated from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and served as the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union for two terms. Prasad played a key role in the development of the All India Students Association. On 31 March 1997, he was assassinated by sharpshooters allegedly in the employ of Mohammad Shahabuddin of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, while addressing street corner meetings in the district town of Siwan, Bihar in support of a strike. His assassination led to remarkable student protests across India. In 2012, four people were convicted for his murder and life sentences were awarded to each of them; all the convicted were former members of the Janata Dal (later split into Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal).

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