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28 May 2020 | 05:06 PM UTC

India: Security forces kill three Maoist militants in encounter in West Singhbhum district (Jharkhand state) May 28

India News Alert

Security forces kill three Naxalite militants after clashes break out in West Singhbhum district (Jharkhand state) on May 28; further security operations and militant activity possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION West Singhbhum district (Jharkhand state)

Event

On Thursday, May 28, three Naxalite militants were killed and another injured in an encounter during a joint security force operation in West Singhbhum district (Jharkhand state). The clashes broke out at around 04:30 (local time) during a security operation by members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police. Further security operations have been launched in the area following the clashes.

A heightened security presence is likely in West Singhbhum district over the coming days and further clashes between security forces and Maoist insurgents are possible in Jharkhand state over the near term.

Context

Maoist insurgents (Naxalites) are active in rural/remote areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, and West Bengal states, as well as in the border region between Andra Pradesh and in remote parts of Bihar and West Bengal states. For this reason, restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India.

Advice

Individuals in India, particularly those in Jharkhand 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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