Maoist rebels killed a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) worker in Mulugu district (Telagana state) on Sunday, October 11. Reports suggest that the attack happened in the village of Alubaka where six assailants took the victim from his home and stabbed him to death after he refused to give them money. Police have stated that they believe the attack was in retaliation for the recent deaths of Maoist rebels in clashes with police and to intimidate the local population.
A heightened security presence is expected in the Mulugu district over the near term. Security operations are possible in the coming days, which could result in clashes with militants.
Maoist rebels are believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states, including Telangana; however, they are most active in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Orissa. Members of the group, also known as Naxalites, have been active since 1967 and call for more resources to be devoted to poor, rural communities.
Those present in Telangana state are advised to exercise extra caution in rural areas due to the risk of rebel activity and to monitor the situation.
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