An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state on Tuesday, April 9, killing five people, including an elected official. According to local sources, suspected Maoist rebels planted the roadside bomb and subsequently opened fire on the local politician's convoy on Tuesday evening (local time). Security reinforcements with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed to the area. Further such attacks are possible over the coming days, particularly in the lead up to the national elections. Polling in Chhattisgarh is scheduled for April 11, 18, and 23.
Chhattisgarh is experiencing an ongoing insurgency conducted by Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites. An estimated 6000 people have died in the past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently due, in part, to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India, including parts of Chhattisgarh.
India is scheduled to hold nationwide general elections beginning in April. Rebels in Chhattisgarh have been known to increase attacks ahead of elections to delegitimize the process.
Individuals in Chhattisgarh are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel restrictions), and remain vigilant for militant activity, particularly if traveling to rural areas.
Copyright and Disclaimer