Punjab Assembly adopts resolution against Center extension of BSF jurisdiction in state

Punjab Photo CM Charanjit Singh Channi at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh | ANI photo

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Chandigarh: The Punjab assembly on Thursday passed a resolution against the Center’s notification that extended the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force, calling it an “insult” to the state police and calling for its withdrawal.

The House unanimously passed the resolution “rejecting” the Center order in the absence of only two BJP members in the state assembly.

The Union government last month amended the BSF law to allow border guards to search, seize and arrest within a radius of 50 km, compared to the current 15 km from the international border of Punjab. , West Bengal and Assam.

The resolution was proposed by the Chief Deputy Minister of Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

He said that the Punjab is a land of martyrs, they made exemplary sacrifices in the struggle for the freedom of our country.

“The Punjab Police are a unique patriotic force that has contributed immensely to maintaining the unity and integrity of the country. According to the Constitution of India, the maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the state government and, for this purpose, the government of Punjab is fully competent.

“The decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 km to 50 km by the Union government is an expression of mistrust of the state police and the people of Punjab. It is also their insult, ”said the resolution.

He further said that the central government should have consulted the state before making such an important decision, adding that the public order situation in Punjab is totally under control and there is no need to expand. the jurisdiction of BSF.

“All political parties in Punjab unanimously condemned the decision of the Union government and demanded that the Union government withdraw the notification dated 11.10.2021 issued by the Ministry of Interior of the Indian government .

“Therefore, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously decides that a resolution rejecting the notification from the central government in this regard can be adopted,” he added.

Randhawa called the Centre’s notification on the extension of the BSF’s jurisdiction as an attack on the federal structure ”. He also said House members are expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this matter.

Akali chief Bikram Singh Majithia told the House that the state’s congressional-led government should decide that the Punjab police will not cooperate with the BSF beyond 15 km.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi called for the support of all political parties on this issue, saying it is a common struggle.

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