A security operation in northern Jharkhand state on Monday, April 15, resulted in the deaths of three Maoist rebels, or Naxalites, and one paramilitary officer, according to Indian security officials. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) clashed with suspected rebels around 06:00 (local time) in Giridih district. Further security operations and militant activity are possible in the coming weeks, particularly ahead of elections scheduled in Jharkhand for April 29, May 6, May 12, and May 19.
Maoist rebels, or Naxalites, are active in eastern India. An estimated 6000 people have died in past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently due partly to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India.
India is scheduled to hold nationwide general elections in April and May. Naxalites are known to increase attacks ahead of elections to delegitimize the process.
Individuals in Jharkhand 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 and paramilitary activity, particularly if traveling to rural areas.
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