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Punjab CM Charanjit Channi cries foul after MHA notification expanding BSF powers in state - The Tribune India

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Tribune Web DeskChandigarh, October 13Punjab has objected to the Ministry of Home Affairs decision expanding Border Security Forces powers of arrest, search and seizure to a 50-km belt in Punjab.Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said he opposed the central governments decision that has sparked similar reactions from his Congress party as well rivals Shiromani Akali Dal. Both see this as a means of infringing upon states policing powers."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 @AmitShah to immediately rollback this irrational decision," he said in a tweet.At the centre of the controversy is a recent order by the Ministry of Home Affairs expanding BSFs powers to arrest, search and seizure in Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura to 50 km from the border, up from the previous 15 km.

 
MHA empowers BSF to make raids, arrests up to 50 km from IB in Punjab, West Bengal, Assam and TripuraThe notification issued on Monday has sparked a debate on state autonomy.MHA Notification enhancing operational mandate of BSF, 15 to 50 KMs 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, said Manish Tewari, whos a Congress Member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib. A second tweet from the leader said: 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?Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar blamed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for having unwittingly handed over half of Punjab to the central government.Be careful what you ask for! Has @CHARANJITCHANNI unwittingly managed to handover half of Punjab to Central govt. 25000sq km (out of total 50,000sq km) has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction.
 
Punjab Police stands castigated. Do we still want more autonomy to States, Jakhar said in a tweet.Akalis were similarly incensed by the move.This means internal emergency is being imposed in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Daljit Cheema said.Former chief minister Amarinder Singh however welcomed the measure.
 
Our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir. Were seeing more & more weapons & drugs being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSFs enhanced presence & powers will only make us stronger. Lets not drag central armed forces into politics, Amarinder Singhs media adviser Raveen Thukral said quoting the former chief minister in the first of two tweets.
 
Partisan considerations cant & shouldnt dictate our stand on issues of national security. Id said that at the time of the 2016 surgical strikes & am saying it again. Weve to rise above politics when Indias security is at stake, as it is now, the second tweet on behalf of Amarinder Singh said.MHA Notification enhancing operational mandate of BSF,15 to 50 KMs 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 https://t.
 
co/Yy3pOnbFGN Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) October 13, 2021Be careful what you ask for ! Has @CHARANJITCHANNI unwittingly managed to handover half of Punjab to Central govt. 25000sq km (out of total 50,000sq km) has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated. Do we still want more autonomy to States ? https://t.
 
co/JlGB7G0Pnj Sunil Jakhar (@sunilkjakhar) October 13, 2021Our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir. Were seeing more & more weapons & drugs being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSFs enhanced presence & powers will only make us stronger. Lets not drag central armed forces into politics: capt_amarinder 1/2(File pic) pic.
 
twitter.com/nu4DhAQnAz Raveen Thukral (@RT_Media_Capt) October 13, 2021I 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 @AmitShah to immediately rollback this irrational decision. Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) October 13, 2021