‘Direct attack on federalism’, says Punjab CM Channi on BSF jurisdiction; Capt Amarinder Singh approves Centre’s move

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Chandigarh (Punjab) Oct 14 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) to a wider area along the borders of three states and said That it is a “direct attack on federalism”.

Chandigarh (Punjab) Oct 14 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) to a wider area along the borders of three states and said That it is a “direct attack on federalism”.
Channi requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately withdraw this irrational decision.
“I strongly condemn the unilateral decision of the Government of India to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I request the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately withdraw this irrational decision. I urge you to take it,” Channi tweeted.
Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has termed the Centre’s recent decision to give more powers to the Border Security Force (BSF) to “weaken the spirit of federalism”.
Channi’s predecessor Captain Amarinder Singh, who had to resign as Punjab chief minister amid tensions within the Congress, however, has approved the Centre’s move.
“Our soldiers are getting killed in Kashmir. We are seeing more and more arms and drugs being pushed into Punjab by Pakistan-backed terrorists. The increased presence and powers of BSF will only make us stronger. Let’s not put the Central Armed Forces in politics. Drag.” Singh tweeted.
Former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jhakar also took a dig at the Chief Minister when he made a tweet saying that Channi inadvertently managed to hand over half of Punjab to the central government.
“Be careful what you ask for! Has (Punjab CM) Charanjit Singh Channi inadvertently managed to hand over half of Punjab to the central government. 25,000 sq km (out of total 50,000 sq km) is now under BSF’s jurisdiction Punjab Police is standing by. Do we still want more autonomy from the states?”
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 an area of ​​50 km from the International Border (IB) inside Indian territory. . India-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh border.
As per the latest order, the BSF, which was empowered to act up to fifteen kilometers only in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorized to extend its jurisdiction to 50 km without any obstruction or further permission. . from the central or state governments.
However, its jurisdiction has been cut to 20 km in five northeastern states- Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, where it had jurisdiction up to 80 km. Similarly, the jurisdiction of BSF in Gujarat has been reduced from 80 to 50 km.
In Rajasthan, the BSF’s jurisdiction will remain the same at 50 km. An officer of the rank of a member of the lowest rank of the BSF is now empowered to exercise and discharge the powers and duties under the CrPC without the order of a magistrate and without warrant.
The officer is now empowered to arrest any person who is involved in a cognizable offence, or against whom a proper complaint has been made, or credible information has been received. A BSF officer has now been given the power to search the place entered by the person seeking to be arrested in the new area of ​​his jurisdiction. (ANI)

First published:October 14, 2021, 7:49 am

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