Guide to the Indian Army (East)

People Liberation Army (PLA)

The People Liberation Army (PLA) was formed by Mr Bisheswar in 1969, when he split from United National Liberation Front (UNLF). He formulated a two-fold objection, to liberate the Eastern Region of India comprising the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura and the Union Territories of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh through a carefully planned revolutionary uprising and to use this as a base for `liberating' the rest of India. He also emphasized the need for a "War of Independence" with Chinese support on the basis of the principles of Marxism- Leninism and Mao's thoughts. They also appealed to the Naga and Mizo ‘revolutionaries' to jointly fight against the common enemy.

People’s Liberation Army stands for an independent Manipur and cessation from India to be achieved by principles of Marxism- Leninism and Mao's thoughts. It also enjoins Naga revolutionaries to join in its fight for Independence.

The People’s Liberation Army initially did not have a well-defined hierarchical org structure and functioned more or less on a cellular basis. The political wing of the People’s Liberation Front was formed in 1979. Its Civil Wing consists of various sub wings which deal with Finance, Publicity, Education and mainly engaged in extortion, tax collection and some welfare programs for the society to build their image. Its armed wing (Revolutionary People’s Front) consists of four battalions, Auxiliary department, Project department and Training department. Battalions are mainly functional in Myanmar and valley districts.