They say that the move is necessary because of increasing attacks on police and civilians by Maoist insurgents with tribal weapons in public places.
The move has drawn criticism from tribal bodies and political parties.
They argue that it curtails the rights of tribal people.
Maoists are active in more than a third of India’s 600-odd districts. They say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and labourers.
Chhattisgarh is one of the Indian states worst affected by Maoist violence.
Rebels in its Narayanpur district have established a “liberated zone” over an area of 4,000 sq km (2,485 sq miles).
Boards, written in Hindi and local dialects, have been erected by police throughout the state warning of “legal action” if anyone is found to be carrying traditional weapons in public places, especially in markets. Continue reading