Amidst fierce protests in Punjab, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has welcomed the decision of the Central Government to increase the BSF’s jurisdiction to 35 km. Himanta Biswa Sarma has described this move as strengthening national security and national interest. The Central Government has expanded the BSF’s operational jurisdiction in Punjab and West Bengal, apart from Assam. However, there is a lot of opposition to this decision in Punjab.
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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Assam welcomes the expansion of operational jurisdiction of BSF. In coordination with the state police, this move will act as a strong deterrent to defeat cross-border smuggling and illegal infiltration. It strengthens national security and national interest.
Central government extended the jurisdiction of BSF
It is noteworthy that by amending the BSF Act, the Central Government has expanded its jurisdiction on the International Border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. As per the order, the BSF has now been empowered to operate within a radius of 50 km in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam bordering India, which was earlier only up to 15 km in these states. Under this power, the BSF will now have the power to search, seize and arrest over a large area of 50 km. On Tuesday, the Union Home Ministry issued an official order in this regard.
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Punjab came out in protest against the decision of the Center
However, this decision of the central government is being opposed in Punjab. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi termed the Centre’s move as a “direct attack on the federal structure”. Congress MPs and ministers are also condemning the decision of the central government. Apart from this, the main opposition party of Punjab, AAP has also stood against this decision.