An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at a polling booth in Narayanpur district (Chhattisgarh state) in the early morning (local time) on Thursday, April 11. The explosion occurred near the Narayanpur-Dandwan road, reportedly targeting security forces on their way to a polling station. No casualties or significant damage was reported. Additionally, four suspected Maoist insurgents, or Naxalites, were arrested in Bijapur district (Chhattisgarh state). A heightened security presence is expected near polling stations and in all voting constituencies. Further incidents, such as bombings, gunfights, or arrests, are possible in the coming hours in Chhattisgarh and other areas of Naxalite activity.
Voting is set to continue in southern Chhattisgarh from 07:00 to 17:00 (local time) on Thursday. Other portions of the state will vote on April 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, anticipate a heightened security presence, dhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel restrictions) and their home governments, and remain vigilant for militant activity, particularly if traveling to rural areas.
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