Comrade Pratap has mentioned that this fake encounter as the biggest loss suffered by the party in 40 years of revolutionary struggle. He has accused the state governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, along with the Narendra Modi-led central government of deliberately targeting the Maoists in the region to snatch the tribal land for Buxite mining. He has accused the police of capturing the comrades in injured condition and killing them after torture. As he has mentioned:
“Our 27 cadres were killing on the morning of October 24 in Odisha. This was the first time that the party has suffered such a big loss in its 40 years of revolutionary struggle. Many senior leaders and cadres belonging to Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana achieved martyrdom. It was a conspiracy and the security forces resorted to their old tactic of using surrendered Maoists to target party leaders,”
Comrade Pratap has lashed out at Modi government over its policy of ‘Make in India’ calling it a ploy which would allow imperialists to loot the resources of the nation and deprive natives of their land. He has vowed to avenge the attack from the officers involved in its planning. He expresses such conspiracies cannot weaken the party. As he has threatened:
“Our revolutionary struggle has come a long way despite many such attacks and even after losing thousands of comrades to the attacks by the state. Exploitation increases resentment among the revolutionary masses and the rulers, who forget this truth, will have to pay a heavy price for it…. But such setbacks are not new for us. We will come out of it soon and take forward our struggle… The CPI (Maoist) is supporting all the struggles against it but the state and the central governments are trying to curb these struggles using the third phase of the Operation Green Hunt. The harassment has increased in Odisha and Andhra after Rajnath Singh’s (Union Home Minster) visit to Vishakhapatnam and Koraput. The killing of common people in fake encounters has become a routine and October 24 encounter was a part of this series. Such conspiracies cannot weaken the party.”
The fake encounter was conducted on October 24, in Malkangiri, near the Andrha –Odisha border. The fake encounter operation had carried by Andhra police’s anti-Maoist cell ‘Greyhound’, along with Odisha special police force.