Amid an influence tussle between the Centre and two opposition-ruled states over the rise in BSF’s jurisdictional powers, the central authorities has taken a stand that the matter is of nationwide safety and, therefore, a debate over it’s pointless.
Authorities sources advised News18 that the controversy over BSF gaining extra energy is pointless because it is a matter of nationwide safety. They mentioned drones had been being utilized by the “enemy state”, and that it was essential for India to empower BSF.
Up to now, BSF has registered its protest in opposition to Pakistan relating to drone actions. The border guarding organisation lodged its first official protest after the June 27 drone assault on the Jammu Airforce station.
Sources additionally mentioned police stations weren’t being dismantled, however solely BSF vary was being elevated. They mentioned it was important in such occasions.
In accordance with a brand new gazette notification dated October 11, BSF officers can now search, seize and arrest, at par with their police counterparts, 50 km into Punjab, Bengal and Assam. Earlier, the jurisdictional restrict for BSF in these border states was 15 km. Whereas Assam has welcomed the transfer saying it is going to strengthen nationwide safety. Punjab and West Bengal, that are each nonp-BJP states, have condemned the transfer calling it an “assault on federal construction”.
On Thursday, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal was detained by Chandigarh police over protests in opposition to the order by ministry of residence affairs (MHA). He was sitting on a dharna in entrance of Raj Bhavan. He claimed that Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi had “meekly surrendered” to the Centre’s transfer.