The Communist Party of India (Maoist), also known as CPI(Maoist), called for a general strike (bandh) in Bihar state on Tuesday, April 2, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Gaya. Modi is expected to attend a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election rally on Tuesday in Gandhi Maidan in Gaya; he will also attend a rally in Jamui. The CPI(Maoist) announced a bandh in Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, and Jehanabad districts and called on all people to stay indoors. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are expected in Gaya, particularly near the Gandhi Maidan; business, commercial, and transportation disruptions are also possible throughout the abovementioned districts.
CPI(Maoist) is an outlawed communist political and militant group that is active in Bihar and areas of eastern India.
Bihar holds Lok Sabha parliamentary elections on April 11, 17, 24, 30, and May 7 and 12. Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, and Jamui vote in the first phase on April 11.
Individuals in the abovementioned areas, and Bihar more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate disruptions and a heightened security presence, avoid all political demonstrations as a precaution, and report any suspicious behavior or objects to the proper authorities.
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