Chandrashekhar Prasad

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Chandrashekhar Prasad
BornChandrashekhar Prasad
Siwan, Bihar
Died31 March 1997 (Assassinated)
EducationPatna University Jawaharlal Nehru University
OrganizationAll India Students Association (AISA)
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation

Chandrashekar Prasad was an Indian student leader from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a president of its students' union[1] and an activist of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation.[2] He was shot dead on 31 March 1997 by sharpshooters allegedly in the employ of the notorious political strongman and former Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentarian, Mohd. Shahabuddin[3] while addressing street corner meetings in the north-Bihar district town of Siwan in support of a strike called by his party. His assassination led to large student protests in India.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Siwan, Bihar and had his schooling at Sainik School, Tilaiya from where he joined National Defence Academy (India) which he left soon after. He subsequently studied at Patna University before joining Jawaharlal Nehru University


At the end of his stint in JNU, Chandrashekar opted to return to Siwan as a full-time party activist. The Janata Dal (now the Rashtriya Janata Dal), which ran the government in the province of Bihar, had been waging a campaign against leading activists of the CPI-ML. More than 70 people, including leaders of the district committee, had been killed between 1990 and 1996. [4]

On 31 March 1997 Chandrashekhar and another activist Shyam Narain Yadav were shot dead while addressing street corner meetings in support of a strike called by their party.[4]

The CPI-ML (Liberation) alleges that the assassination was carried out at the behest of Mohammed Shahabuddin, the then Member of Parliament from Siwan who belonged to the Janata Dal.[4]

There were protests of thousands of students against the assassination in Delhi as well as in Bihar. Students participating in one protest in Delhi were illegally fired upon by Sadhu Yadav, the brother-in-law of the then Chief Minister of Bihar.


A biopic on Chandrashekhar Prasad who was affectionately called "Chandu" by other students is planned. It is to be directed by Ajay Kanchan with actor Imran Zahid and will be presented by Mahesh Bhatt the director.[5] A documentary on his life is also available. It is titled a "A Tribute to Chandu"[1]


  1. ^ "Before Kanhaiya Came 'Chandu': A JNU President Killed 19 Years Ago". The Quint. 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Betrayed by Revolution The CPI (ML) hails Chandrashekhar as a martyr. But his aged mother feels her son's sacrifice was in vain". Tehelka. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Three sentenced to life in Chandrasekhar murder case". The Hindu. 2012-03-25. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
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  5. ^ "Biopic on slain JNU leader Chandrashekhar Prasad to be revived". The Times of India. 20 Feb 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.