In the following we want to give a short brief on the recent actions and actual developments in Peolple´s War in India led by the CPI(Maoist) and also on the apparent media campaign of the reaction.


On January 5, an encounter between suspected members of the Peoples Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) and a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and the district forces took place near Hirmagunda village in Chhattisgarh''s Bijapur distric. According to "Outlook India" the security forces where on a cordon operation when they got ambushed, after the exchange of fire the attackers managed to retreat without any losses. But the reaction claims to have seized firearms and bow and arrows. The traditional weapons could also indicate that the reaction attacked tribal members in attempt to initiate a Fake Encounter (Peasants or tribal members are murdered and then put into PLGA uniforms). This is an often used means of the reaction to claim supposed military successes in the fight against people' s war.



On January 6, a police informer were killed in Kothitola village in Bhamragad tehsil of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. According to "Indian Express" maoist posters were found near the spot. The police claims that the subject did not work for the reaction, but this does not mean anything. The reaction always tries to keep its structures secret, even after the death of informers.



On January 7, the "Free Press Journal" reported full of shock about alleged declarations to the armed struggle by small traders which the reaction itself is responsible for. This was preceded by the eviction and demolition of at least 37 small shops in the village of Bhikangaon in the district of Khargone in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Allegedly, these stores were all built without building permits, and the fact that some traders were able to present official permits did not change the approach of the reaction.


Madhya Pradesh: Shopkeepers vow to turn terrorists, Naxals after Khargone administration demolishes shops


According to the media report, several traders then expressed that they no longer consider an alternative to armed struggle: "Shopkeepers claimed that they lost their source of livelihood in a drive against the encroachment and now they are unemployed and have no option but to take guns."

A few days before "The Hindu" reported on the CPI(Maoist) building up new bases in Madhy Pradesh: "Around 100 Naxals from Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra have sneaked into Madhya Pradesh over the past few months to expand their base, prompting the State government to seek deployment of six companies of paramilitary forces in the rebel-hit areas, a police official said. "



On January 8, a further encounter between supected PLGA members and reactionary security forces were reported in Kandhamal district of Odisha. According to "Odisha TV" security forces were on a combined search and destroy operation when they approached to a camp of the PLGA and got under fire. After the exchange of fire the suspected Maoists were able to retreat without any losses.
"Kandhamal SP also informed that grenades, detonators, splinters, explosives, batteries and other various literature and camp articles used by the Maoists have been confiscated from the hideout." However, all these things are not seen in the evidence photo provided by the police.


Maoist Camp Busted In Kandhamal



Since the beginning of the new year, the Indian reactionary media has been abuzz with reports of Maoists allegedly surrendering and throwing figures and statistics about how many Maoists have been killed and in what period of time. These allegations should not be given too much attention; first and foremost, this is yet another desperate attempt to mobilize against the People's War and to cover up their own losses.