A joint security patrol operating in Bijapur district (Chhattisgarh state) engaged a group of Maoist (Naxalite) fighters on the morning (local time) of Thursday, November 7. According to military officials, the encounter occurred around 04:00 near the Tonguda-Pamed area. At least one soldier was killed in the engagement and several Naxalites are also suspected to have died in the fighting. Security forces continued to carry out search operations in the area through Thursday.
Similar engagements between Naxalite rebels and security forces are possible in Chhattisgarh over the near term.
Maoist insurgents (Naxalites) have been active for several decades in rural areas of the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, 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 in part 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 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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