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 stated drones have been being utilized by the “enemy state”, and that it was important for India to empower BSF.
In the past, BSF has registered its protest against Pakistan regarding drone activities. The border guarding organisation lodged its first official protest after the June 27 drone attack on the Jammu Airforce station.
Sources also said police stations were not being dismantled, but only BSF range was being increased. They said it was essential in such times.
According to a new gazette notification dated October 11, BSF officials can now search, seize and arrest, at par with their police counterparts, 50 km into Punjab, Bengal and Assam. Earlier, the jurisdictional limit for BSF in these border states was 15 km. While Assam has welcomed the move saying it will strengthen national security. Punjab and West Bengal, which are both nonp-BJP states, have condemned the move calling it an “attack on federal structure”.
On Thursday, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal was detained by Chandigarh police over protests towards 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 move.