Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Naxals killed more CRPF men than terrorists in J-K, NE

New Delhi:


Countering naxals in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand cost more lives of CRPF personnel as compared to that during operations in militancy ridden Jammu and Kashmir and the north-east in the first six months this year.

CRPF lost 39 personnel in the naxal infested states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand as compared to only two in Jammu and Kashmir and the north-east between January-June this year, according to official records.

Interestingly, in both J&K and north-east states, the CRPF has had better success rate in terms of militants killed.

The CRPF killed about 64 ultras in the militants struck areas as compared to only 43 in left wing extremism (LWE) affected states, the records show.

The country’s largest paramilitary force also lost a total of nine arms and 760 ammunition in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh as against none in other operational areas.

The losses primarily occur when naxals loot the weapons and ammunition used by security personnel during encounters or after they are injured in an IED blast, officials said.

The CRPF has recovered 183 weapons from non-naxal states while it has recovered 170 from left-wing extremism hit states, the records stated.

Interestingly, the highest injuries for the force's men has been in J and K with 339 personnel injured till date as against only 74 in naxal areas. The high injury rate of CRPF personnel in J and K is primarily due to stone pelting incidents by civilians

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