Thursday, January 22, 2009

CRPF killed 218 terrorists, lost 67 men in 2008

23 Jan 2009, 0252 hrs IST, TNN

NEW DELHI: The CRPF, the lone counter-insurgency central force, killed as many as 218 terrorists, including 103 in Jammu and Kashmir, apprehended
over 2,200 suspected terrorists and recovered 8,744 kilograms of explosives during joint operations with state police forces across the country in 2008.

During the operations, CRPF lost 67 of its personnel.

Though ammonium nitrate and gelatin sticks constitute the maximum of the explosives recovered by the force, the deadly RDX -- which is mainly brought by terrorists from across the border -- accounted for over 800 kg of the seizures.

During the year, over 66,300 rounds of ammunition and 1,723 arms, including AK series rifles and Chinese pistols, were also seized by the force from J&K, the north-east and naxal-affected states.

Besides in J&K and the north-eastern states, CRPF -- the biggest paramilitary force in the country -- is currently deployed in a number of naxal-affected states, including Chhattisgarh, Jhrakhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.

"A maximum of 105 out of 270 encounters took place in Chhattisgarh where 26 naxalites were killed, 303 apprehended and two surrendered, followed by Jharkhand where 56 encounters took place, 33 naxalites were killed and 116 apprehended and 16 surrendered," said CRPF spokesperson Ajay Chaturvedi.

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