Over 600 police and paramilitary personnel lost their lives in the past one year during operations or attacks on them with the Central Reserved Police Force, which is in the forefront of the fight against Maoists, topping the list of casualties.

A total of 634 personnel from State police and paramilitary forces like the Border Security Force, the CRPF and the National Security Guard were killed during a period from September 1, 2010 and August 31 this year, according to official figures.

The CRPF topped the list of causalities with 113 followed by Uttar Pradesh (112) and the 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 the 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 the CRPF (81) and the BSF (72).

The West Bengal Police lost 24 policemen during the past one year while Maoist-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, Bihar 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).

Nagaland had three casualties, Tripura two while Sikkim had one. Among the other forces, the Railway Protection Force lost 27 personnel during the period followed by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (18), the Central Industrial Security Force (10), the NSG (3) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (2).

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