Due to firing from across the Indo-Pak border, and terrorist and insurgency violence in the country, nearly 400 paramilitary personnel were killed in the last three years, a Home Ministry official said on Wednesday.
The Border Security Force (BSF) suffered the highest number of personnel killing followed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Between 2015 and 2017, the force lost 167 personnel. A majority of them were killed while guarding the highly sensitive border.
In the last three years, the CRPF has lost 103 personnel. Most of them got martyred while fighting Naxals and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.
In 2015 and 2016, BSF lost 62 and 58 personnel, respectively. In 2017, the force lost 47 personnel. The CRPF lost nine personnel in action in 2015, 42 in 2016 and 52 in 2017.
In the last three years, as many as 48 personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) were killed in action of whom 16 were killed in 2015, 15 in 2016 and 17 in 2017, the official said.
The SSB guards the Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal border. The troops of the force are also deployed in internal security duties.
A total of 40 personnel belonging to the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the Sino-Indian border, were killed in action between 2015 and 2017. Among them, 15 personnel were killed in 2015, 10 in 2016 and 15 in 2017.
Altogether 35 personnel of the Assam Rifles, which guards the Indo-Myanmar border and fights militants in the northeast, were killed in action in the last three years.
Eighteen personnel of the Assam Rifles were killed in 2015, nine in 2016 and eight in 2017.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has lost two personnel in action in the last three years -- one each in 2016 and 2017. There were no casualties in 2015 from the CISF, which guards, airports, nuclear installations, metro services and other sensitive locations, another official said.
(With PTI inputs)