CM Channi 'unwittingly' handed half of Punjab to Centre: Sunil Jhakhar on BSF's jurisdiction extension

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Punjab [India], October 13 (ANI): Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday questioned the state government’s move to ask the Center to “seal” the state’s international border and said that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi “unintentionally” Have managed to hand it over.” Half of Punjab to the central government.

Jakhar claimed on Twitter that the move had “embarrassed” the Punjab Police.

“Be careful what you ask for! Has Charanjit Singh Channi inadvertently managed to hand over half of Punjab to the central government. 25,000 sq km (out of the total 50,000 sq km) is now placed under the BSF’s jurisdiction. Punjab Police is condemned. Do we still want more autonomy to the states?” Jakhar tweeted.

Jakhar’s tweet comes after the Union Home Ministry has given the states under the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) West Bengal, Punjab and Assam the same arrest, search and seizure powers as the state police.

The Center said the move was aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross-border crimes, and allowed the BSF to conduct searches, arrests and seizures of suspects in an area 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB). given the right to India-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh border.

Notably, on October 5, CM Channi had met Home Minister Amit Shah and asked him to “seal” the state’s international border to curb smuggling and weapons. (ANI)

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