THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION Guerrilla Army (PLGA) led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) launched a series of armed actions from May until the first week of June. This came after the killings of Ramko Narote, a CPI-Maoist member and Shilpa Dhurva, a guerrilla, on April 27 in Gundurwahi.
The police and military sustained an estimated 79 casualties in these attacks. The armed encounters ensued in Gadchirolli, in the region of Jarkhand, in Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh.
Among those attacked by the PLGA were soldiers of the 209th Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA), a team that specializes on anti-Maoist operations.
Forty PLGA fighters attacked and controlled the Timurpalli district of Malkangiri in Odisha on May 19. The PLGA overan the office of the local government. The actions were launched in opposition to the anti-minority activities conducted and fake encounters peddled by the soldiers in the area.
In Gadchirolli, the PLGA blasted a production equipment and two warehouses on May 20, paralyzing the production in the district.
These actions prove the determination of the PLGA and CPI-Maoist to continuously carry the people’s war in India forward.