New Delhi: Congress chief Randeep Surjewala on Thursday slammed the Centre over its determination to extend Border Safety Power (BSF) jurisdiction in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam claiming it was meant to deflect consideration from the motion of heroin by Gujarat’s Adani Port this yr.
Taking to Twitter, Surjewala claimed a “chronology”, referring first to 2 drug consignments – a 25,000 kg cargo that reportedly handed by the Adani Port in June and a 3,000 kg cargo captured on the similar port in September.
“The Chronology- • 25,000 Kgs of Heroin Drugs came through Adani Port, Gujarat on 9/6/2021. • 3,000 Kgs of Heroin Drugs caught at Adani Port, Gujarat on 13/9/2021.• BSF jurisdiction unilaterally increased from 15 Kms to 50 Kms in Punjab. Federalism Dead, Conspiracy Clear,” his tweet learn.
• 25,000 Kgs of Heroin Medicine got here by Adani Port, Gujarat on 9/6/2021.
• 3,000 Kgs of Heroin Medicine caught at Adani Port, Gujarat on 13/9/2021.
• BSF jurisdiction unilaterally elevated from 15 Kms to 50 Kms in Punjab.
Federalism Lifeless, Conspiracy Clear.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 14, 2021
The criticism comes after a choice by the House Ministry rising the BSF jurisdiction in three states – Punjab, Bengal, and Assam – will now embrace all areas inside 50 km of the worldwide border. Beforehand BSF jurisdiction was as much as 15 km from the border.
Notably, the jurisdiction of BSF in Gujarat has been lowered from 80 km to 50 km, whereas for the 5 northeastern states, for Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Rajasthan the radius space of fifty km stays unchanged.
The brand new order means the BSF can perform searches and make arrests inside a wider space.