PLGA in Balaghat?

BHOPAL: People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the military wing of the Maoists, has reportedly become active in Balaghat district of eastern Madhya Pradesh, raising worries about the possibility of a major rebel violence in the region, according to intelligence inputs.

PLGA cadres, comprising rebels from Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, were reportedly camping in the jungles of Baiher and Lanji tehsil of Balaghat, if police sources can be believed. They were trying hard to induct young blood into the PLGA. Maoist cadres have visited some villages to woo the youth into their fold, top police sources said.

One Dilip Gua, a resident at village Motra under Roopjhar police station in Baiher, was allegedly heading the local fighting unit of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). He has been assigned the task of strengthening the cadre in Balaghat – a place which is considered to be the safe haven for the Red rebels from Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, the input suggested.

Though the PLGA movement has been reported in Balaghat in the past also, this is for the first time that it has been camping in that district since January – an indication that they could stay put in the forests of eastern MP, a police officer said.

“We are also aware that the PLGA is trying hard to prepare its base in the far-flung villages. Police have stepped up vigil and efforts are being made to check their movement. We are going to nip them in the bud,” claimed inspector general of police (Balaghat range) UR Netam.

The Maoists were active in Balaghat since 1992 when they killed an alleged police informer J Singh. Subsequently, more than 40 policemen and 37 civilians, including former MP minister Lakhiram Kaware, fell victims to the Maoist violence in the district.

Meanwhile, state’s anti-Maoist force – Hawk Force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along with district police have been deployed in the sensitive areas of Balaghat to combat the rebels.

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