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Punjab government, political parties slam Centre's call to extend BSF jurisdiction along border

Earlier, the BSF's jurisdiction was a 15 km belt along the border, wherein the central paramilitary forces had the power of arrest, search and seizure on par with their counterparts in the police.

Published: 13th October 2021 09:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2021 08:32 AM   |  A+A-

Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi (Photo | Charanjit Singh Channi Facebook)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government as well as political parties in the state reacted sharply to the Centre’s decision to empower the Border Security Force (BSF) to carry out searches and arrests and make seizures up to an area of 50 km from the International Border (IB) with Pakistan and Bangladesh. Earlier, the BSF was only empowered to take action up to 15 km inside Punjab.

Slamming the Centre for the recent amendment in Section 139 of the BSF Act, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted that it was "a direct attack on federalism" and urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to "immediately rollback this irrational decision".

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said he would soon personally call on PM Modi and Home Minister Shah to resolve this issue. He categorically said that the CM had neither raised this issue with the Centre nor asked for enhancing the jurisdiction of BSF.

The Shiromani Akali Dal alleged the move was akin to imposition of "President's Rule through the back door in nearly half of Punjab". SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said tht this "devious attempt" to place the state under the central rule must and will be opposed.

Former state Congress president Sunil Jakhar attacked his own government and tweeted: "Be careful what you ask for! Has @CHARANJITCHANNI unwittingly managed to hand over half of Punjab to Central govt. 25,000 sq km (out of total 50,000sq km) has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated."

However, former CM Amarinder Singh came out in support of the move. "BSF's enhanced presence & powers will only make us stronger. Let’s not drag armed forces into politics," his advisor tweeted.



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