The Central Government has increased the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the areas along the International Border. The Congress government of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have opposed the Center on this issue.
Chandigarh: The Congress government of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have opposed the increase in the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the international border areas of the country. Both the parties have demanded to withdraw this decision, calling it an attack on the federal structure.
Direct attack on federal structure: CM Channi
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted, ‘I oppose giving extra power to BSF in areas along the International Border. This is a direct attack on the federal structure of the country. I urge Union Home Minister Amit Shah to announce the immediate withdrawal of this decision.
I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within 50 KM belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately rollback this irrational decision.
— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) October 13, 2021
International Emergency on Punjab – SAD
At the same time, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) spokesperson and former Punjab minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema has also objected to this decision. Cheema said that through this decision, internal emergency has been imposed in Punjab.
Jurisdiction increased to 50 km
Let us inform that till now the Border Security Force (BSF) had the right to search and arrest up to 15 kilometers in the international border areas of the country. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now increased this radius to 50 km, that is, now the Border Security Force (BSF) will be able to conduct search, seizure and arrest in the area up to 50 km from the international border of the country.
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Got power against smugglers-extremists
The Central Government has empowered the BSF to do this under the CrPC, Passport Act and Passport (Entry to India) Act. This decision of the Center will help BSF in conducting operations against smugglers and extremists in West Bengal, Punjab and Assam. Apart from these 3 states, where BSF will be deployed in the border area, it will also be able to exercise this right.