New Delhi, May 2: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, May 6, warned pro-Naxal intellectuals of legal actions under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
"It has come to the notice of the government that some Maoist leaders have been directly contacting certain NGOs and intellectuals to propagate their ideology and persuade them to take steps as would provide support to the CPI (Maoist) ideology," the Home Ministry said in a statement.
Requesting the public to be careful of such propaganda, it said that any person, who commits the offence of supporting such a terrorist organisation with inter alia intention to promote the activities would be liable to punishment under section 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The offenders will sentenced to a jail term of not less than ten years or fined or both.
"General public are informed to be extremely vigilant of the propaganda of CPI (Maoist) and not unwittingly become a victim of such propaganda...the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and all its formations and front organisations are terrorist organisations whose sole aim is armed overthrow of the Indian State and they have no place in India's parliamentary democracy," the ministry said.