Are Maoists in India changing warfare tactics?

December 07

Report by Kishor Dash; Malkangiri: With the month-long Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) is on from December 2, hundreds of Maoist posters put up at several places across South Orissa reveals many information about it’s warfare strategy. More than anything else, the Maoist posters gives an indication of change in warfare strategy by the red rebels in the years to come.

After sticking up to its Guerrilla warfare for the past many more years, the red rebels are now going to switch over to urban warfare as a part of it’s long-term war against the prevailing political system in the country. The many posters put up at Machhkund & Lamtaput in Koraput district and Motu & Kalimela in Malkangiri district says that the party is on the job to change it’s warfare strategy from it’s guerrilla warfare one to urban warfare soon.

The rebels in their posters have asked the cadres to work hard to expand their bases from rural to urban areas while consolidating their positions in many urban areas. The Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), which is the striking force of the CPI (Maoist), would be known as Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) soon, the posters said.

A series of meetings reportedly held in many remote places in Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri and attended by the top Maoist cadres during the last six days also gives an indication in this regard. An unconfirmed report, says that the rebels are mobilizing the tribal youths to join the PLGA for fighting against the state. The Maoist top leaders are reportedly telling the tribal people about the failure of the government in various fronts and how they are being exploited at the hands of rich.

Malkangiri was remained to be cut-off from the rest of the state as the buses remained off the road on the 6th day of the month long PLGA celebration. Postal services, vehicular traffic, paddy procurement and Public Distribution system has also been affected due to the disruption of road communication between Malkangiri-Jeypore, Malkangiri-Kalimela-Podia-M.V-79-Motu, Malkangiri-Mathili-Govindpalli, Malkangiri-Korukonda-Balimela, Balimela-Kudmulgumma-Khairput-Govindpalli route since Dec 2.

Mean while, in a fresh banner put up at ‘Govindpalli ghat’ area, some 60 km from the Malkangiri headquarter town  on Monday, the Maoist rebels have asked the youth masses to join PLGA during the month long celebration.

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