New Delhi, Oct 13: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s resolution to broaden powers of Border Safety Power’s powers of arrest, search and seizure to a 50-km belt in Punjab.
“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral resolution to provide extra powers to BSF inside 50 KM belt working alongside the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on the federalism. I urge the Union House Minister Amit Shah to right away rollback this irrational resolution, [sic]” he tweeted.
Nevertheless, Congress chief Sunil Jakhar blamed the Punjab CM over the event. He tweeted, “Watch out what you ask for ! Has @CHARANJITCHANNI unwittingly managed to handover half of Punjab to Central govt. 25000sq km (out of whole 50,000sq km) has now been positioned below BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated. Will we nonetheless need extra autonomy to States ?. [sic]”
Manish Tewari, Congress MP from Anandpur Sahib, additionally opposed the Centre’s resolution and tweeted, “MHA Notification enhancing operational mandate of BSF, 15 to 50 KM’s in Punjab,West Bengal &Assam transgresses upon Constitutional Public order & Policing remit of States Half of Punjab will now fall below BSF jurisdiction @CHARANJITCHANNI should oppose it.”
Nevertheless, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the Centre’s resolution on enhanced jurisdiction of the Border Safety Power. “Our troopers are being killed in Kashmir. We’re seeing extra & extra weapons & medication being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSF’s enhanced presence & powers will solely make us stronger. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics,” Amarinder was quoted in a tweet by his media adviser Raveen Thukral.
Within the newest discover, the centre prolonged the jurisdiction of the BSF from 15 to 50 km belt alongside the border geared toward making certain “zero tolerance” in opposition to terrorism and cross border crimes.
It means the BSF can take motion with out permission from central or state governments in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam as much as 50 km contained in the states.
Nevertheless, the BSF’s jurisdiction was decreased to 20 km from 80 km in north-eastern states like Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. In case of Gujarat, it has been decreased to 50 from 80 km. Whereas in Rajasthan, the world of jurisdiction stays the identical at 50 km.