Amid the power struggle between the Center and two opposition-ruled states over the increase in the jurisdiction of the BSF, the central government has taken a stand that the matter is a matter of national security and hence the debate on it is unnecessary.
Government sources told News18 that the debate on giving more power to the BSF is unnecessary as it is an issue of national security. He said drones were being used by an “enemy state”, and it was important for India to empower the BSF.
Recently, BSF had registered its protest against Pakistan over drone activities. The Border Security Organization registered its first official protest since the June 27 drone attack on the Jammu Air Force Station.
Sources also said that police stations are not being demolished, but only the BSF range is being increased. He said that it was necessary at such a time.
According to a new gazette notification dated October 11, BSF officers can now conduct searches, seizures and arrests like their police counterparts in Punjab, Bengal and Assam, 50 km away. Earlier, the extent of jurisdiction of the BSF in these border states was 15 km. While Assam has welcomed the move, saying that it will strengthen national security. Punjab and West Bengal, both non-BJP states, have condemned the move, terming it an “attack on the federal structure”.
Chandigarh Police on Thursday detained Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal in protest against the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). He was sitting on a dharna in front of the Raj Bhavan. He claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had “humbly surrendered” before the Centre’s move.