In the morning of 6 December 2017, Comrade Satyadev Prasad (known as Naveen Ji and as Shivkumar Ji inside the party) passed away in village Ajhokuppa in Rupauli block in Purnea district of Bihar, in a party supporter Comrade Veena Devi’s home. Comrade Naveen had been ailing for some years.
Comrade Naveen joined the party in his youth – in the decade of the 70s. He became a wholetimer of the party right from the beginning, living and working in the Badh (Patna district) and later in Mokama district among landless peasants. He was a member of the East Bihar Regional Committee and later the Nawada-Bihar Regional Committee. At this time, the party was underground and Comrade Naveen used to help organize armed squads as well.
He was arrested between 1972-73 and jailed in Bhagalpur jail. During the Emergency, on 4 May 1976, 14 comrades broke out of Bhagalpur Special Central Jail. Comrade Naveen was one of the two who survived the Bhagalpur Jail Break.
After breaking out of jail, Comrade Naveen once again began working among the landless peasants in his old area. In 1978, as part of the East Bihar Regional Committee, he began working in Purnea and Naugachia. Since the mid-1990s he began to work mainly from the Nawada party office, working sometimes in Nawada and sometimes in Purnea.
For the past three years or so, he had been quite ill, and staying in Ajhokuppa village in Purnea, working only in the nearby villages.
Comrade Naveen’s life and work, spanning several different phases of the party’s own lifetime, is will continue to be an inspiration for comrades!