Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 13 October
The Center has issued a notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) to give its officers the powers of arrest, search and seizure to the extent of 50 km from the borders of Punjab, West Bengal, Assam and within the bordering states. . Tripura.
As per the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), BSF officers are now authorized to act under CrPC, Passport Act and Passport (Entry into India) Act.
Earlier, the BSF’s jurisdiction was 15 km. Was
BSF will also be able to conduct searches and arrests in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Ladakh.
In the notification, the MHA said, “Border Security Force has been permitted to conduct raids and arrests along the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders within 50 km of the International Border (IB). Earlier this range was 15 km.
Apart from this, BSF will also be able to conduct searches and arrests in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Ladakh.
However, with this, the BSF’s jurisdiction in Gujarat has been reduced and the border range has been reduced from 80 km to 50 km, while in Rajasthan the radius area has been kept at 50 km as before. No boundaries have been set for the five northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur. Along with this, there is no boundary fixed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Section 139 of the Border Security Force Act, 1968 empowers the Center to notify from time to time the area and extent of operation of the Border Security Force.