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.
The 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.
According to data, last year 156 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel died due to heart attack, five 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.
Addressing the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir, said, “The Government has been taking several measures to ensure good morale of all CAPF personnel. Specialised training and modern equipments are being provided to personnel operating under adverse conditions. Additional allowances/incentives to personnel deployed in anti-naxal operations in terms of Risk Allowance, HRA and extension of facility for retention of Government accommodation at the last place of posting is already in place.”
Ahir added, “In addition, insurance and various advances/loans are given to ensure financial well-being. Basic amenities like proper accommodation, medical facilities, timely evacuation of injured, better promotional avenues, gallantry awards, rewards/appreciations, grievance redressal etc are being addressed.”