Following the death of five People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) fighters in Chatra district in early April in an encounter with reactionary Indian forces, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for an armed strike on 14 and 15 April. The call was made in the states of Bijapur and Jharkhand and reportedly the turnout was extremely high, especially in the districts of Hariharganj, Pipra, Naudiha, Pandu and Hyder Nagar. Even local shopkeepers stopped work on both days and kept their shops closed, as can be seen in the picture above. The region was largely at a standstill on both days.

The large participation of the masses, whether workers, peasants or owners of small shops shows the deep roots of the party among the masses and that the masses appreciated and honoured the fighters of the party.