Maoist rebels killed three people in an attack in Kasansur (Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra state) on Tuesday, January 22. The militants reportedly targeted the villagers for being suspected police informants; the rebels also kidnapped five others from the village. Similar attacks are possible in Maharashtra state over the near term.
Maoist insurgents (Naxalites) have been active for several decades in rural areas of the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkand, Odisha, Bihar, and West Bengal, as well as in the border region around Andhra 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 India, particularly in Maharashtra state, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and remain vigilant for potential militant activity, particularly if planning on traveling to rural areas of the abovementioned states.
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