New Delhi: The Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday elevated the jurisdiction of the Border Safety Power (BSF) giving its officers the powers of arrest, search and seizure. The jurisdiction has been prolonged in three states of West Bengal, Punjab and Assam.
In a notification issued on Monday, the Centre stated it’s amending the schedule of its earlier notification of July 2014 by way of jurisdiction of the BSF to train its powers in states that it guards worldwide borders.
The Ministry of Residence Affairs has elevated the world jurisdiction to 50 km inside Indian territory from Worldwide Border (IB) alongside India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab, earlier it was 15 kms. Aside from this, BSF will even be capable of search and arrest in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Ladakh.
Nevertheless, the jurisdiction of BSF in Gujarat has been diminished and the extent of the border has been diminished from 80 km to 50 km, whereas in Rajasthan the radius space has been saved 50 km stays unchanged.
No boundaries have been set for the 5 northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur and for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In the meantime, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has come down closely on the Centre terming the transfer as a ‘direct assault on federalism`.
“I strongly condemn the federal government of India`s unilateral determination to offer extra powers to BSF inside 50 km belt working alongside the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on federalism. I urge Union Residence Minister Amit Shah to instantly roll again this irrational determination,” the Chief Minister stated in a tweet.
The BSF has been given the proper to take this motion beneath CrPC, Passport Act and Passport (Entry to India) Act. Part 139 of the Border Safety Power Act, 1968 empowers the Centre to inform every so often the world and extent of operation of the BSF.