Security forces killed at least one Maoist rebel and captured four others during a security operation in Sukma district (Chhattisgarh state) on Thursday, October 29. The fighting reportedly occurred in the Dulade area of the district, as local security forces carried out a counter-insurgency operation. A number of automatic rifles were also recovered from the scene.
A search operation was launched following the engagement, and further operations by security forces are possible in the area in the near term.
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 in the area are advised to monitor developments, and remain vigilant for potential militant activity, particularly if planning on traveling to rural areas of the abovementioned states.
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