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Illness, heart attacks killing more BSF men than border operations

Data showed that while a total of 25 personnel were killed in action, 316 died due to a variety of diseases and illnesses and 117 suffered fatal cardiac arrest.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 27, 2016 12:23 pm
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More BSF personnel have died of heart attack and other illnesses than in action on the borders and anti-Naxal operations in the past two years, according to official data. While men and women of the country’s largest border guarding force BSF face enemy bullets and mortars amid recent hostilities with Pakistan, data reveals that only 25 of total 774 deaths in the period between January 2015 and September 2016 were battle casualties.

Data showed that while a total of 25 personnel were killed in action, 316 died due to a variety of diseases and illnesses and 117 suffered fatal cardiac arrest. While the cases of deaths due to HIV/AIDS and malaria have gone down in the paramilitary force during the period, fatal casualties of personnel in rail, road and bike accidents continue. Officials said these remained a “cause of worry”.

Amongst the other causes of death in the force during the period are: 192 deaths took place due to road or Railway accidents, 18 lost their lives due to HIV/AIDS, 38 due to cancer and five owing to malaria. “The force lost 774 personnel during the period, out of which only 25 were battle casualties. This is a cause of worry and these numbers need to be brought down. A number of initiatives are being taken to ensure a healthy lifestyle and safe driving habits amongst the personnel,” a senior official said.

Last year, former BSF Director General D K Pathak had told reporters that the about 2.5-lakh personnel strong force was witnessing a worrying trend in its ranks, as it was losing four times more troops in off-duty bike accidents, than at the borders or other conflict theatres in the hinterland in the recent past.

The Border Security Force (BSF) is tasked to secure the two most important borders of India with Pakistan and Bangladesh, besides being deployed for a variety of internal security duties including anti-Maoist operations.

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    Mahender Goriganti
    Nov 27, 2016 at 7:25 am
    Did anybody notice how IE is undermining our solders with this nonsense, to promote terrorism and its hidden agenda of this sinister report soon after Ghlam Ali Bahi and other opposition politicians got heart attacks in ques or in the parliament and the new round of our solders deaths and mutilations by s.. ??
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      Nov 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm
      no... all is well.. pink and fine. You can have a good nap in a bed of roses with honey to drink 3 times a day... fairies may fan a warm air on you in this cold of December.lt;br/gt;And dream only about Amit and naraender..... Never worry... all is well in the country... no problem at all.....no issues.....nothing... you sleep... teams are winning matches.. cricket is now a world sport pla by russians and mexicans too.... Halwa puri is world dish... India exports them for 200 countries... earning 1000 bn $ a day alone.... Ganga Jal is exported by pipelens to texas and Tokyo. Evrybody in the world sending their kids to Ramdev university for learning Quantum Mechanics and Gene Technology...... Great........lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You sleep.. mahender. But in India elections are once in five years... never forget to get from sleep to vote.