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India: Maoists Planning Liberated Zones

Posted by celticfire84 on December 16, 2010

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This was originally written for The Hindu

Maoists Planning Liberated Zones

by G. Narashima Rao

The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) is planning major strategies to increase its influence and strength.

An important task the Maoists have set for themselves is to create a liberated zone, in Bihar, Jharkhand and Dandakaranya (Chattisgarh). Towards this end, the party’s strike force — People Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) — is being developed.

This was stated by Prasad, party’s Andhra-Orissa Border State committee member during an interview at a remote place on the Andhra-Orissa border. A few reporters reached the place, guided by a local Girijan, trekking a small distance after travelling on a bumpy dirt track on either side of which landmines and directional mines were reportedly planted to keep the area out of the reach of the police.

The CPI (Maoist) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of PLGA, from December 2 to January 2, 2011. As part of it, the party organised a meeting at which local Girijans vowed to take over the Forest Department’s coffee plantations.

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