Security forces killed ten Maoist militants in Bijapur district (Chhattisgarh state) on Thursday, February 7. The Indian forces reportedly targeted a militant training camp and seized weapons cache. A heightened security presence is anticipated in the area in the coming days. Further clashes between security forces and militants cannot be ruled out.
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 Chhattisgarh 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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