bsf: Centre must focus on own duties, not take away rights of states, says Punjab Dy CM Soni on BSF jurisdiction | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Om Prakash Soni on Thursday reacting to the Centre’s determination to increase the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) over a large space in three states, together with Punjab, stated that Centre as a substitute of taking away the rights of the states must focus on its own duties.
“It is the right of the state. The Centre wants to take state’s right away. Centre and state must look after their own responsibilities,” stated OP Soni.
He additionally reiterated Punjab Chief Minister’s request to the central authorities to assessment the order.
Earlier on Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi condemned the Centre’s determination and stated that it’s a “direct attack on federalism”.
“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” tweeted Channi.
In a transfer aimed toward sustaining “zero tolerance” in opposition to terrorism and cross border crimes, the Centre has empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures as much as an space of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) alongside the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
As per the recent order, the BSF, which was solely empowered to take motion as much as fifteen kilometres within the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to unfold its jurisdiction as much as 50 km with none hurdle or additional permission both from central or state governments.
However, its jurisdiction has been reduce quick by 20 km within the 5 northeastern states– Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya– the place it had jurisdiction as much as 80 km. Similarly in Gujarat, the BSF’s jurisdiction has been curtailed from 80 to 50 km.
In Rajasthan, the BSF’s space of jurisdiction will stay the identical at 50 km. An officer of the rank similar to that of the bottom rank of member of the BSF is now empowered underneath the CrPC to train and discharge the powers and duties with out an order from a Magistrate and and not using a warrant.
The officer is now empowered to arrest any one who has been involved in any cognizable offence, or in opposition to whom an affordable criticism has been made, or credible data has been obtained. A BSF officer has now been given the facility to conduct a search of a spot entered by an individual sought to be arrested in its new space of jurisdiction.

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