The Border Security Force (BSF) clarified on Thursday that the choice to lengthen the jurisdiction of the safety drive to a 50 km belt along the worldwide border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam was taken to “give uniformity to the jurisdiction” across the states.
In an official assertion, the BSF mentioned the step was taken to “give uniformity to jurisdiction” and that the “amendment” will help the border-guarding drive in successfully curbing trans-border crimes.
“The amendment will aid the border guarding force in effectively curbing trans-border crimes and the new amendment brings in “uniformity” for its operations in the border states of Punjab, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Assam where it can now operate within a 50 kms area from the border,” the BSF mentioned.
Some experiences counsel that the Centre has empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an space of fifty km contained in the Indian territory from the worldwide border. Earlier, the BSF was solely empowered to take motion up to 15 km inside Punjab.
Several political occasion leaders, together with Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state’s Deputy Chief Minister S Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa questioned the intent of the BJP-led Centre behind the transfer.
Urging Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ‘instantly roll again this irrational choice’, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted. “I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF inside 50 KM belt working along the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to instantly roll again this irrational choice.”
I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral choice to give extra powers to BSF inside 50 KM belt working along the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to instantly rollback this irrational choice.
— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) October 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa additionally issued an announcement criticising the Centre’s transfer and asking Amit Shah to withdraw the choice.
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa mentioned that this “illogical” choice was completely towards the spirit of the elevating of border guarding forces, that are required to deal with the worldwide border and act as the primary line of defence. He added that policing within the hinterland is not the position of a border guarding drive.
Responding to the criticism over the extension of the BSF’s jurisdiction along worldwide borders, the BSF mentioned the brand new modification will bring “uniformity” for its operations within the border states of Punjab, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Assam — the place it may well now function inside a 50 km space from the border.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had notified: “The amendment which came into force on October 11 establishes uniformity in defining the area within which BSF can operate as per its charter of duties and execution of its role and task of border guarding in its areas of deployment.”
The space underneath BSF jurisdiction in Gujarat has been lowered to a 50 km belt from an 80 km one. It has remained the identical in Rajasthan at 50 km. In Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, no restrict has been prescribed, as was the case earlier.
Section 139 of the Border Security Force Act, 1968, which empowers the Centre to notify the drive’s jurisdiction, requires that any such order be laid earlier than every House of Parliament. The Houses can modify or annul these orders.
TIFF BETWEEN CENTRAL, STATE AGENCIES?
On situation of anonymity, a senior Punjab police officer informed India Today, “The move will lead to increased tiffs between central and state agencies. They will have influence over who to arrest at the Centre’s behest. 50 km means half of the state, including crucial districts. It may also have some overlap with Haryana, which has no mention in the notification.”
Meanwhile, an official from BSF mentioned, “The notification was the need of the hour. In Punjab, if a drone goes beyond the 15 km area, should we not chase it down? Similarly, BSF soldiers are at times attacked at the Indo-Bangladesh border, The attackers escape, knowing fully well that they cannot be chased beyond 15 km.”