New Delhi: India’s frontline-guarding force at Bhutan and Nepal borders — the Sashastra Seema Bal– has lost 10 times more troops in motorbike accidents in the last three years than at the borders or during operations, a recent report by the paramilitary force has said.
The “disturbing trend”, as noted in the internal report of the force accessed by the PTI, also found that those getting killed in such freak road accidents are “in the prime of their lives, about 30-40 years of age”.
“The report found that in the last three years, between 2015-17, 38 personnel of the SSB died in road accidents as compared to only four deaths in the line of duty or operations along the borders and in counter-militancy duties in Jammu and Kashmir.
The data shows that the force is losing about one personnel per month in accidents on an average in the last three years time, the report said.
The research-base report further said that out of the 38 deaths of personnel in road accidents, 28 were killed when they were off duty while 10 died while being on duty.
“Bike accidents are the reason for death in majority of these cases,” the report said.