Suspected Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites, clashes with security forces in Seraikela-Kharsawa district (Jharkhand state) on Saturday, December 15. According to local sources, two police officers were wounded in the incident. Similar attacks are possible in the coming weeks.
Maoist insurgents (Naxalites) have been active for several decades in rural areas of the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Odisha, Bihar, and West Bengal, as well as in the border region around Andra Pradesh. An estimated 6000 people have died in the past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently partially due to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India, including parts of Chhattisgarh.
Individuals in Jharkhand state are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. Remain vigilant for potential militant activity, particularly if planning on traveling to rural areas of the abovementioned states.
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