Illnesses killing more BSF men than border operations

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New Delhi—More Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have died of heart attack and other illnesses than in actions on the borders and other operations in the past two years.
Data reveals that only 25 of total 774 deaths in the men and women of the India’s largest border guarding force occurred at border during period between January 2015 and September 2016. Data showed that while a total of 25 personnel were killed in actions, 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”.
Among 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.
Last year, former BSF Director General DK Pathak had said that about 2.5-lakh personnel strong force was witnessing a worrying trend in its ranks.—KMS