Punjab CM Channi condemns Centre’s ‘unilateral’ decision to expand BSF powers | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday objected to the ministry of home affairs decision to expand the Border Security Force’s (BSF) powers of arrest, search and seizure to a 50-km belt in Punjab.
Channi tweeted, “I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within 50 KM belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately rollback this irrational decision.”

Manish Tewari, Congress MP from Anandpur Sahib, also tweeted, “MHA Notification enhancing operational mandate of BSF, 15 to 50 KM’s in Punjab,West Bengal &Assam transgresses upon Constitutional Public order & Policing remit of States Half of Punjab will now fall under BSF jurisdiction @CHARANJITCHANNI must oppose it.”

He added in another tweet, “Mischievous part of Section 139 of BSF Act ‘…or of any cognizable offence punishable under any other Central Act; or punishable under any other Central Act..,’ It allows GOI to institutionalise an alternative policing paradigm. Was Punjab Govt consulted?”

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