Leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI)-Maoists, or Naxalites, will observe Martyr's Week from Monday, December 2, through Sunday December 8. Associated events are likely to take place in Naxalite areas in Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Jharkhand.
Further disruptions and militant actions activity is likely over the coming days, weeks, and a heightened security presence have been reported.
Naxalites hold Martyr's Week events every year to memorialize fighters who were killed fighting government forces. 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.
Individuals in India are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, adhere 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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