Extension of BSF powers in Punjab does not auger well with Channi

Chandigarh, October 14 (KMS): Charanjit Singh Channi, Chief Minister of Indian Punjab, has criticized New Delhi’s decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force up to 50 kilometres from the international border in the state.

Channi termed the move as a direct attack on federalism. He urged the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah to roll back the decision.

The Indian home ministry has also extended the BSF’s jurisdiction for a similar area along the international border in West Bengal and Assam. In all three states, the BSF’s area of operation was earlier up to 15 kilometres from the international border.

However, the home ministry has reduced the force’s jurisdiction in Gujarat from 80 kilometres to 50 kilometres.

In Rajasthan, the area has remained unchanged at 50 kilometres, according to India Today. There is also no change in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, where no limit has been prescribed.

In the areas demarcated by the Centre, the BSF has powers of arrest, search and seizure at par with the police.