People's Revolutionary Red Army (Sri Lanka)

Country: Sri Lanka
Details of Formation: The first reports of the group are from December 1988. In one of them the group itself announced that it had just been created (early December). It is linked to the ruling United National Party and its members are security forces in run-up to presidential election on December 19, 1988.
Details of Termination: The last activity of the group was reported in 1990 without any further incidents reported after that year. The termination of the PGM is coded on November 12, 1994 when the new president Kumaratunga (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) took office and a new cabinet was formed. Disarmament was requested by state forces, but there is no further information on whether it was implemented or how successful it was.
Purpose: The group fought the JVP, killing (suspected) members under the broader goal of providing security and protecting members of parliament.
Organisation: The government denied having any connection to the group, therefore it is unclear whether and how it exercised control. However, government support for the group and links to security forces have been alleged.
Weapons and Training: There was a suspected connection to the personal bodyguards of politicians, indicated by the use of weapons they were given in vigilante killings. News sources describe the group as professional and disciplined.
Size: --
Reason for Membership: Membership may have had an ethnic component, with members being mainly Sinhalese.
Treatment of Civilians: Civilians were abducted and killed based on suspected membership in or support of the JVP. Their dead bodies were used to intimidate the population.
Other Information: --
References: Information was taken from the news sources listed in the PGMD.