New Delhi: A total of 234 Army personnel
have died fighting terrorists in the last four years, the Lok
Sabha was informed today.
"From 2007 to 2009, 196 Army personnel died while 38
lost their lives this year," Defence Minister A K Antony said
in reply to a written query.
The Indian Army is deployed in counter-insurgency
operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-east for many
It was deployed in the Northeast in the 1950s and
later on tasked to handle the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir
since late 80s.
On another query, the minister said 8,214 officers
were inducting into the Army in the last three years.
The Defence minister said, in reply to a query, that
officers of the rank of Brigadier and equivalent are eligible
for re-employment in the Army and the Navy.
"In Army, the number of re-employed retired brigadiers
is limited to a maximum of 10 per cent of the authorised
strength, while there is no such prescribed limit in case of
the Navy," he said.