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BSF controversy: Navjot Sidhu says MHA notification weakens federal structure

Press Reporter Internet Desk
Chandigarh, October 25

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed that Union House Ministry’s current resolution to empower Border Safety Power to conduct raids and arrests as much as 50 km from the Worldwide Border in Punjab quantities to an assault on the nation’s federal construction.

Sidhu was reacting to the central authorities’s notification to increase BSF’s powers up in not solely Punjab but in addition in West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura. The choice was taken two weeks in the past and has since drawn issues and criticism from opposition events over what they see as an try and undermine states’ police powers.  

“Centre is weakening nation’s federal construction, by creating “a State inside a State” BSF means Border Safety Power, What’s definition of border? 50 Kms? Public order, which connotes public peace & security is primarily the accountability of State Govt,” he mentioned in his tweet on Monday.

The notification by the central authorities mentioned BSF is now authorised to take motion beneath CrPC, Passport Act, and Passport (Entry to India) Act and prolonged its powers to 50 km up from 15 km beforehand. The identical notification lowered BSF’s purview in Gujarat to 50 km from 80 km beforehand.  

Aside from this, BSF may also be capable of search and arrest in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and Ladakh, it mentioned.

Part 139 of the Border Safety Power Act, 1968, empowers the Centre to inform the world and extent of the border pressure’s operational mandate, once in a while.

Within the notification, MHA mentioned: “The central authorities has revised the ‘Schedule’ specifying the border stretch the place BSF would have powers of search, seizure and arrest beneath Acts like Passport Act, NDPS Act, Customs Act in addition to Prison Process Code (CrPC) to Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Meghalaya; UTs of J&Ok and Ladakh; and 50 km-belt in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bengal and Assam”.

An officer of the rank akin to that of the bottom rank of member of the BSF is now empowered beneath the CrPC to train and discharge the powers and duties with out an order from a Justice of the Peace and and not using a warrant.

Punjab’s Congress authorities voiced its robust opposition to the notification. West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress authorities beneath Mamata Banerjee has claimed that the choice was taken unilaterally with out consulting the state authorities.

“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral resolution to present extra powers to BSF inside 50 KM belt operating alongside the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on the federalism. I urge the Union House Minister @AmitShah to instantly rollback this irrational resolution,” Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi had mentioned.

“We oppose this resolution. That is an infringement on the rights of the state. What was the sudden want to boost the BSF’s jurisdiction with out informing the state authorities?” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh informed PTI.

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