Assam CM Supports Extension of BSF Jurisdiction As Punjab, Bengal Steps Up Attack | Latest India News

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Thursday his government welcomed the Centre’s decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the state amid fierce protests from states like Punjab and West Bengal.

Sarma said the move, in coordination with state police, would serve as a powerful deterrent to defeating cross-border smuggling and illegal infiltration. According to a ANI report, the chief minister said it strengthens national security and is in the country’s interest.

Sarma’s declaration came following a massive pullback by Punjab and Bengal, both under non-BJP governments, on the government’s decision to change BSF law and allow the force to undertake research, seizures and arrests in a larger 50 km section, instead of the existing 15 km, from the international border to Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.

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The Congressional-led government in Punjab and the ruling Trinamool Congress in Bengal said the Center’s decision was an “assault” on state rights and an attack on the country’s federal structure.

Shortly after the news broke, Punjab’s Chief Minister Charanjit SIngh Channi urged Union Interior Minister Amit Shah to immediately reverse his decision. “I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within a 50 km radius of international borders, which constitutes a direct attack on federalism,” he wrote on Twitter.

Minister Vijay Inder Singh said the BJP was trying to take rights away from states.

Meanwhile, the TMC said the decision was taken by the Center without any consultation with the Bengal government.

“If the BSF needs to do research, they can always do it with the state police. It has been the practice for years. It is an attack on the federal structure,” TMC spokesman said. , Kunal Ghosh.

TMC MP Sougata Roy said the BSF does not have a good track record of human rights in border villages.

Bengal Congress President Adhir Chowdhury has warned the Union Home Office of the “consequences” of the move.

Thelma J. Longworth

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