There were 84 fatal battle causalities in the Army in 2017 while the number of personnel killed in accidents and due to “other reasons” was 1,131, the Parliament has been informed.
Besides, over 48,500 armed forces personnel were granted premature retirement during the last four years, according to data provided to the Lok Sabha by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Replying to a question, Sitharaman also said that the Army has adopted a robust counter infiltration strategy in Jammu and Kashmir which has an appropriate mix of technology and human resources.
She said innovative troop deployment, proactive use of surveillance and monitoring devices and the anti-infiltration obstacle system have enhanced the ability to detect and intercept terrorists attempting to infiltrate.
According to a recent report by Times of India, India loses around 1,600 military personnel every year due to road accidents, suicides and ailments. –Inputs from PTI