Expansion of BSF’s jurisdiction an attack on federalism: Punjab government

Chandigarh, Oct 13 (PTI) The Punjab government on Wednesday took strong objection to the Centre’s alleged move to empower the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches and arrests within 50 km of the International Border, calling it an “attack on federalism”. ‘ relaxed me.

Some reports suggest that the Center has empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest and seizure of suspects in the area within 50 km of the International Border.

Earlier, the BSF was empowered to act up to 15 km from the International Border in Punjab. Leaders of several political parties have questioned the intention of the BJP-led central government behind the move.

Tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted, “I strongly condemn the unilateral decision of the Government of India to give additional powers to the BSF in an area of ​​50 km along the International Borders, which is a sign of federalism. A direct attack. I urge Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately withdraw this inconsistent decision.

However, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in support of the move, “The increased presence and powers of the BSF will only make us stronger. Let’s not drag the Central Armed Forces into politics.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also condemned the decision and urged the Center to withdraw it.

“I urge the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to withdraw the move,” he told reporters. I don’t understand what is on the mind of the government, but this is interference and an attack on our rights.

Randhawa said that instead of addressing the issue of drones coming from across the border, the Center has decided to allow the BSF to operate within the border up to a distance of 50 kms.

“I think the Center has doubts about our nationality. I want to say that Punjabis are patriotic and love the country.

Later, in a statement, Randhawa lashed out at the Center for the recent amendment to Section 139 of the BSF Act, saying it amounted to an “attack on federalism”.

He said that by giving powers of police officers to BSF officers without consulting the states or obtaining their consent, the central government is trying to demolish the federal structure of the constitution.


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