The Central Reserve Police Force has lost six times more men at the hands of Naxals this year as compared to its casualties in other combat zones, including terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir or insurgency-affected North East. While the counter-Naxal task has claimed the lives of 46 CRPF personnel across 20 states till September this year, seven troops lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir while one was killed in the North East.
"The force lost a total of 54 men and officers across various theatres of duties but the Naxal-infested areas have resulted into the maximum loss of lives. The challenge is huge here," a CRPF officer said.
According to data, CRPF troops also killed 52 Naxalites, 56 terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and 45 insurgents in the North East, totalling 153. Various battalions of the force also recovered around 1,200 detonators, mostly in Naxal areas, while almost 60 litres of liquid explosive was recovered from Jammu and Kashmir.
With the government now going ahead for a major offensive against the Maoists, the regular battalions of the force are being supported with additional CoBRA troops to "achieve operational successes and bring down casualties", a senior Home Ministry official said.