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The leader of a Maoist cult that preyed on his followers and held them captive in a south London house for 30 years has died in prison.
Calling himself Comrade Bala, Aravindan Balakrishnan, 81, of Enfield, brainwashed women, including his daughter Katy Morgan-Davies, into thinking she had godlike powers.
He was jailed for 23 years in 2016 after the bizarre cult, which he had been leading since the 1970s, was finally exposed. Balakrishnan, who was convicted of offenses including child cruelty, false imprisonment and assault, died at HMP Dartmoor yesterday, the BBC said.
Comrade Bala’s political activities were said
During his trial at Southwark Crown Court, jurors heard that for 30 years he raped two of his followers.
He also terrorized his prisoners with a fictional robot he named Jackie that he said could read his mind.
Comrade Bala’s political activities were said to be motivated by British colonial cruelty where he grew up in Singapore.
The jail has a number of “luxury” features, including a giant chessboard for games.
Born in a village in Kerala, India, Balakrishnan had moved there with his father, an employee of the British Naval Base, where he went to school and completed his bachelor’s degree.
In 1963, he sailed to Britain on a British passport and applied for a degree course at the LSE, a hotbed of political activity.
He said he was coming from a state of emergency in Singapore after World War II, where “the cruelty was unbelievable”, especially towards people who had “helped Britain against the Japanese”.
‘Cruelty, murder, torture, arrest and entire families were deported to China. That is not something that anyone can like,” he told the court.
Balakrishnan officially established the Workers
He soon became involved in the political scene. Describing himself as a ‘revolutionary socialist’, he began to speak in public and recruited fellow students, particularly Malaysian nurses, to his cause.
In the early 1970s, Balakrishnan officially established the Workers’ Institute in an attempt to overthrow the “fascist state” and insisted that his followers call him Comrade Bala.
The main belief instilled in the group was that only he and the Chinese dictator Mao Zedong had the authority to ‘lead the world to revolution to establish an international dictatorship of the proletariat’.
Over time, his political views seem to become more extreme. During the trial, the jury heard terrifying details of how supporters were ordered to rejoice at the deaths of the anti-communists.
Balakrishnan apparently ‘wished’ that three million people had died in the Tiananmen Square massacre, instead of the 3,000 who lost their lives.
Aravindan Balakrishnan Quick and Facts
- The leader of a Maoist cult, Aravindan Balakrishnan, 81, has died in prison
- Balakrishnan preyed on female followers and kept them captive in south London
- He was jailed for 23 years in 2016 after the bizarre sect was finally exposed