Updated: November 11, 2021 8:10:58 pm
Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh Thursday “rejected” the resolution adopted by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha against the Centre’s move to extend the BSF’s jurisdiction and asked the state government not to politicise the issue of national security for “petty partisan ends” and motives.
“The operational jurisdiction of the BSF concerns national security and not the law and order in the state, which the current powers that be in Punjab are apparently not able to understand,” Amarinder said in a statement.
The Union government had last month amended the BSF Act to authorise the border force to make search, seizure and arrests within a 50 km stretch, up from the existing 15 km, from the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday adopted a resolution against the Centre’s notification, calling it an “insult” to the state police and seeking its withdrawal.
Amarinder said it was sad that the Punjab government was trying to politicise an issue, which concerns national security and concerns all border states. He said it apart from Punjab, the jurisdiction of the BSF is up to 50 km from the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal.
The veteran leader said with Pakistan using sophisticated technology and improvised drones with range upto 30 kms, it is important that the BSF gets more operational jurisdiction.
“The BSF like the Punjab Police is our own force and not any external or foreign force coming to occupy our land. Extending the operational jurisdiction of the BSF neither infringes upon the federal authority of the state nor questions the competence of the state police in maintaining law and order as some vested political interests are trying to make out,” Amarinder said.
The former CM said there is a huge difference between the law and order and national security.
“Unfortunately, people playing up the issue are unable to make out the difference between the law and order and the national security,” he said.
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