London: The Indian-origin head of an extremist Maoist sect, accused of enslaving three women in his home in London for 30 years, tried to convince his British followers he was Jesus Christ, a former activist has claimed.
Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, known as Comrade Bala, is also accused of persuading his followers to hand over thousands of pounds for the revolutionary cause.
“He would say I am the Christ, follow me and people would. He was never violent, he was too self-controlled. But women abandoned their careers and their futures for him. They would have to put him and the collective before their families, Dudley Heslop, a community worker, told the Evening Standard.
The 59-year-old Heslop claims to have attended lectures by Balakrishnan’s extreme left-wing group, Workers Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, for more than a year some four decades ago.