Centre's move to expand operational territory of BSF is attack on Punjab's self-respect: Congress MP

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New Delhi [India], Oct 14 (ANI): Opposing the Centre’s decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) to a wide area in three states including Punjab, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu on Thursday said that the new law will be passed in India. is attacked. self respect of punjab

Bittu while talking to ANI said, “This law is an attack on the self-respect of Punjab and many districts of Punjab will be affected by the law. People of Punjab protect the country’s border. But in Kashmir ISI is killing us while the central government We have doubts. The central government should have at least consulted the Chief Minister of Punjab before bringing the law.”

He stressed that Punjab cannot be compared with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam and West Bengal as the cities in these states are far from the international border.

“Whereas in Punjab, many districts including Amritsar and Gurdaspur will be under the direct control of the Center and the BSF under the law. The central government will now harass the people involved in the farmers’ movement through this law. NRI Punjabis will be harassed. ,” alleged the Congress MP.

He said, “I appeal to all the parties and leaders of Punjab to come together against the law. All Congress MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sukhbir Singh Badal will soon take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. ”

With an aim to maintain “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross-border crimes, the Center has empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest and seize suspects within Indian territory 50 km from the international border with India – Pakistan and India-Bangladesh border.

As per the latest order, the BSF, which was empowered to act up to 15 km only in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, is now authorized to extend its jurisdiction to 50 km without any obstruction or further permission. . from the central or state governments.

The Congress government in Punjab has opposed the increase in the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force in the international border areas of the country. Shiromani Akali Dal has also opposed it. Both sides called it an attack on the federal structure and demanded the Center to withdraw the decision. (ANI)

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