Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF troops, over 24 times higher, than operations and ambushes in Naxal violence-hit areas in the last two years.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir today provided data in this regard in Rajya Sabha, stating 5 CRPF men were killed in 2015, 31 in 2016 and 13 till April 4 this year in the three Left Wing Extremism affected states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
As compared to these operational or on-duty deaths, 476 personnel of the country's largest paramilitary force died last year while 407 died in 2015 owing to non-operational reasons.
The data for last year shows 92 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel died due to heart attacks, five due to malaria and dengue, 26 owing to depression and suicide and 353 due to other non-operational reasons.
Similarly, the data for 2015 reveals that 82 troops of the force died due to heart attacks, 13 due to dengue or malaria, 35 owing to depression and suicides while 277 lost their lives due to other reasons.
The about three-lakh personnel-strong CRPF is country's largest Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and is also the lead force to conduct anti-Naxal operations, and also render a variety of duties in the internal security domain of the country. PTI