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Heart attacks, suicides kill CRPF jawans 15 times more than anti-Maoist operations

A total of 1,294 personnel of the force were killed between 2016 and July 2018.

New Delhi: Heart attacks, depression and suicides claimed lives of CRPF troops 15 times more than anti-Naxal operations during the last two years, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.

Minister of state for home Hansraj G Ahir in a written reply in the Lok Sabha said while a total of 1,294 personnel of the force were killed between 2016 and July this year, 85 troops died in operations in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

Malaria also killing troops

According to data, last year 156 CRPF personnel died due to heart attack, six due to malaria and dengue, 38 because of depression and suicide and 435 due to other non-operational reasons.

Similarly, the data for 2016 reveals that 92 troops of the force died due to heart attack, 5 due to dengue or malaria, 26 because of depression and suicides while 353 lost their lives due to other reasons.

The combined data

The combined data shows that heart attacks, depression, suicides, malaria, dengue and other such reasons constitute 15 times more over operational duties as the major reasons for the death of CRPF jawans and officers in the last two years.

The minister added that in order to boost the morale of the troops deployed in anti-Maoist operations, various measures is “already in place”.

This year till July

  • 39 Personnel died due to heart attacks.
  • 5 Troops died due to malaria and dengue.
  • 19 Jawans died because of depression or committed suicide.
  • 124 Lost their lives due to other reasons.

KNOW CRPF

  • Over three-lakh personnel strong force is country’s largest Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
  • It leads force to conduct anti-Maoist operations. It renders its duties in country’s internal security domain.

Measures to boost the morale of troops.

  • In order to boost the morale of the troops deployed in anti-Maoist operations, measures like grant of risk allowance, house rent allowance and extension of a facility for retention of government accommodation at the last place of posting is in place.
  • In addition, insurance and various loans are given to ensure troops’ financial well-being. Basic amenities like proper accommodation, medical facilities, gallantry awards and rewards among others are being addressed.
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