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The Indian Home Ministry has asked the West Bengal government to arrest any intellectual or organization aiding the Maoists in any manner. This has drawn sharp criticism from intellectuals. However, it remains to be seen if it is a mere threat to caution Maoist sympathizers.
Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee have spoken about this issue. After the recent attacks by the Maoists, West Bengal plans to take an even bolder stand them.