Casting doubts over the effectiveness of Operation Green hunt against Maoists, CPI on Sunday said a special plan must be worked out to tackle the Naxal menace as it was not merely a law and order problem but involved socio-economic issues.

“Operation Green hunt alone cannot solve the Naxalite problem and some special plan and programme must be prepared to tackle the menace, which involves socio-economic issues,” CPI national secretary D. Raja told reporters here.

Stating that certain issues being raised by Maoists were justified, Mr. Raja said a large number of tribals and weaker sections of the society were being neglected and exploited.

However, the methods being adopted by Maoists were also not appropriate as all problems could not be solved by killing people, he said.

Hitting out at the Centre, he said a country-wide civil disobedience movement would be observed by CPI, CPI(M) and Forward Bloc on April 8 against its “faulty” policies that led to increase in the prices of essential commodities.

Workers of the left parties would stage demonstrations and dharnas at all district and state headquarters across the country during the movement, Mr. Raja said.