In open defiance of security agencies, Maoists have organised a grand recruitment drive in Maharashtra on the tenth anniversary of the formation of Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA).
The drive that started on December 2, will continue till December 31. The PLGA has exhorted people from both the labour class and the educated, salaried class to join their ‘cause’.
A pamphlet printed in red ink, which is available with HT, claims that the PLGA has achieved many successes against the police of various states and para-military forces and urges those earning less than Rs 20 a day join their fight against the “repressive” state.
KP Raghuvanshi, additional director general (law and order), said the naxalites were trying to increase their cadre strength. “The people are now disillusioned with them and no one joins them voluntarily anymore. Most of the recruits in recent times have been roped in through intimidation, threats or blackmail,” Raghuvanshi said, adding that the state police, along with the Central forces, had been carrying out area domination operations in naxalite-affected areas.
“The Central Reserve Police Force, Special Operation Group, C-60 commandoes and CoBRA commandoes are all part of the operation,” he said.
Deputy inspector general (anti-naxalite operation) Sunil Ramanand said that he was himself leading the area domination operations.
Meanwhile, for the first time, naxalites have claimed that Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, naxalites have set up alternative governments.