Security forces clashed with suspected Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites, in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state on Tuesday, March 26, resulting in the deaths of four rebels. A paramilitary unit engaged with uniformed rebels around 06:00 (local time) near Bimapuram. Further such security operations and other militant activity, including bombings and complex attacks, are likely in the coming weeks ahead of Lok Sabha parliamentary elections. Polling in Chhattisgarh is scheduled for April 11, 18, and 23.
Chhattisgarh is experiencing an ongoing insurgency conducted by Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites. An estimated 6000 people have died in the past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently due, in part, to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India, including parts of Chhattisgarh.
India is scheduled to hold nationwide general elections beginning in April. Rebels in Chhattisgarh have been known to increase attacks ahead of elections to delegitimize the process.
Individuals in Chhattisgarh are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel restrictions), and remain vigilant for militant activity, particularly if planning on traveling to rural areas.
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