New Delhi: Over 600 police and paramilitary personnel sacrificed their lives in the past one year during operations or attacks on them with CRPF and Uttar Pradesh topping the list of casualties.
A total of 622 personnel from state police and paramilitary forces like BSF, CRPF and NSG were killed during a period from September 1, 2010 and August 31 this year.
CRPF, which is in the forefront of anti-Naxal operations, topped the list of casualities with 114 followed by Uttar Pradesh (112) and and BSF (72).
During September 1, 2009 and August 31 last year, 797 police and paramilitary personnel lost their lives during operations or attacks on them with CRPF topping the list 191
such cases. Similarly, during 2008 September and August 2009, the police forces lost 841 lives with UP topping the list with 107 cases followed by CRPF (81) and BSF (72).
West Bengal Police lost 24 policemen during the past one year while Naxal-affected states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh had 36 and 47 casualties respectively.
The figures for other states: Delhi (15), Manipur (14), Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu (13 each), Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand (12 each), Orissa (11), Assam and Karnataka (9 each), Andhra Pradesh (6), Gujarat, Kerala, Meghalaya and Rajasthan (5 each) and Arunachal (4).
Bihar and Nagaland had three each casualties while Sikkim had one. Among the paramilitary forces, the RPF lost 27 personnel during the period followed by ITBP (18), CISF (10), NSG(3) and SSB (2).
A Commemoration day was observed by various police organisations in the national capital. Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta took the salute on the occasion.