New Delhi: Heart attacks and illness have killed more Border Security Force (BSF) personnel than the border operations in the past two years, an official data has revealed.
According to the data, only 25 of total 774 deaths between January 2015 and September 2016 were battle casualties.
316 deaths are due to variety of disease and illness and 117 have suffered due to cardiac arrests.
The other causes of death in the force are: Road or Railway accidents, HIV/AIDS, cancer and malaria.
192 personnel have lost their lives due to accidents, 18 died due to HIV/AIDS, 38 due to cancer and five died due to malaria.
A senior official said initiataves are being taken to ensure a healthy lifestyle and safe driving habits amongst the personnel.
“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.