Logo of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA]. Credits of the image: Reddit.
During the past week several events took place in the development of the people’s war in India. Firstly, on Friday, April 7, there was a clash between the police and a squad of Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI(Maoist)] guerrillas in the Gondia district of Maharashtra state. The action took place in the Dakejhari area near the forest. The guerrillas were reportedly preparing for military action, while at the same time the police were conducting an operation in the area. When the two groups met, the police demanded the surrender of the guerrillas, and when the latter refused, a firefight began for at least thirty minutes, without casualties on either side.
On 11th April, the villagers of several towns in the south of the state of Chhattisgarh denounced that the Indian State has been carrying out constant aerial attacks on the area since at least 2021, affecting the security of the locals. According to local media: ”Local tribal villagers have alleged that security forces carried out air strikes in their areas by deploying helicopters and drones along the border areas of strife-torn districts of Bijapur-Sukma, a couple of days ago.
With such an allegation being made for the fourth time during the last couple of years, observers are wondering if it is an indication of new psychological warfare deployed by the Central or state forces against the guerilla tactics of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) cadres.
The key target for the- security forces remains the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) battalion of the Maoists in south Chhattisgarh.’’
In addition, locals claim that several of them were reportedly injured when they went into the forest to collect firewood. The first such attack reportedly took place in April 2021. On the other hand, regarding the State’s statements on this issue, the local media reports the following: ”The CRPF [Central Reserve Police Force] in Chhattisgarh, too, cited ignorance about any recent ‘aerial strikes’. “We are not aware about it”, said H K Sahu, a CRPF spokesperson.”