**Malkangiri: ** Normal life in this Maoist-affected and tribal-dominated district of south Odisha has got disrupted due to the PLGA Week observance by the red rebels from December 2 to 8 while security has been beefed up across the district here and police is keeping a hawk eye on the most sensitive and vulnerable cut-off area.
As the PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) Week of the Maoists began from today, the Maoists have already pasted posters in Kalimela and Mahupadar areas of this tribal-dominated district and has exhorted the gullible people to participate in it.
Significantly, the ultras have erected a permanent camp near Totaguda in the cut-off area and have also painted it red in a bid to assert their robust presence.
Every year, PLGA Week is observed by the Maoists from December 2 to 8. During this week, the left wing extremists try to woo the youth mass into their fold, impart training to them and chalk out blueprint for their future modus operandi for unleashing violent activities.
Following the PLGA Week, Government buses have stopped plying. Very few private buses are venturing out on the roads. This has immensely impacted the normal life and the general public is going through harrowing experience.
Keeping in view the threat percept and lurking law and order situation, elaborate security arrangements have been made by the district police here. Combing operations have been intensified by the SOG, DVF, BSF and COBRA jawans. Police intelligence wing has been kept on high alert. Police have admitted the presence of the red-painted permanent camp set up by the Maoists in the cut-off area of the district here.
Talking to media, Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena informed, “We have been keeping a tab on the minute-to-minute modus operandi of the Maoists in the cut-off area. As they are observing PLGA Week from December 2 to 8, we’ve stepped up adequate security measures following which BSF, COBRA, SOG and DVF jawans have launched joint operations. We’re simultaneously chalking out plan of action in a bid to counter the activities of Maoists.”
An aggrieved passenger in his reactions said, “I’ve been waiting here at the bus stand since 5 am early morning to travel to Kotpad. But no bus is plying. As the naxalites have been observing their week, plying of Government buses has been stalled. One or two private buses are by chance running.”
Another aggrieved passenger also reacted, “Due to the PLGA Week, we’re encountering lots of problems. We’re here since 5 am but there is no bus or any other vehicle available. We are on an emergent medical work at Koraput.”
Notably, PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) is the armed wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned organisation.
PLGA, also known as the People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) by the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist), was founded on December 2, 2000. It is also known as the People’s War Group. The PLGA was founded on the first death anniversary of their three Central Committee members, who were killed in an encounter in Koyyuru.
In 2004, when the People’s War Group merged with the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist), their respective armed wings also merged. Therefore, the People’s Guerrilla Army (the military wing of the People’s War Group) and the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (the military wing of MCCI) combined to form the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army.