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India: Maoists Planning Liberated Zones

Posted by celticfire84 on December 16, 2010

Naxals in a Base Area

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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India: Forming a People’s Army a Turning Point

Posted by celticfire84 on December 9, 2010

Young Naxalite cadres practise at a training camp in an unidentified village of the Dantewada forests of Chhattisgarh.

This comes from The Hindu, and documents the remarkable growth and support of the Indian Maoists known as Naxalites. Posting here, as usual, does not imply endorsement of the article itself.

Formation of PLGA a turning point in the Maoist movement

by K. Srinivas Reddy

HYDERABAD: When Naxalites announced the formation of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) a decade ago, security agencies dismissed it as an attempt by the rebels to regroup their cadres and propaganda to boost their perceived military strength.

Buoyed as they were by the phenomenal success in killing three Central Committee members on December 2, 1999, in an encounter in Koyyuru, the security agencies misjudged the consequences of what was sought to be projected as a “mere nomenclature change.”

Now, the security forces are bracing themselves for intensified attacks in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal as the Maoists have announced month-long celebrations coinciding with the 10th anniversary of PLGA formation. All these years, the celebrations were only week-long. “This means bigger strikes can be expected in Maoist-affected States,” authorities concede.

In retrospect, it becomes clear that the formation of the PLGA — on December 2, 2000, first death anniversary of the “Koyyur martyrs” — helped the underground organisation improve its military capabilities spectacularly and register an impressive spatial spread of revolutionary movement in newer areas. So much so that the Centre now deploys 62 battalions of the Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) for anti-extremist operations in different States.

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