Police in Gadchiroli district in eastern Maharashtra state reportedly discovered and disabled an improvised explosive device (IED) on Tuesday, March 26. The IED was planted underneath a bridge in the interior area of the district. Security officials had previously warned of the potential for militant or terrorist attacks against government and security targets in the district. Further incidents, including bombings, assassinations, or security operations, are possible in eastern Maharashtra in the coming weeks, particularly before and after elections on April 11.
Eastern Maharashtra is experiencing an ongoing insurgency conducted by Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites, who are particularly active in neighboring Chhattisgarh state. There have been several incidents in the past several weeks, including arson attacks on government vehicles and the murder of a local teacher suspected of being a police officer.
India will hold nationwide general elections beginning April 11 until May 19. Polling in Gadchiroli district is scheduled for April 11.
Individuals in eastern Maharashtra 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 traveling to rural areas.
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