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Since 1965, the BSF has not only protected India's border areas with Pakistan and Bangladesh but also helped with internal security and development.
DG Pankaj Kumar Singh said BSF was not trying to 'act as a parallel police', and that the move will help in effectively curbing trans-border crimes.
MoS Nityanand Rai said the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction would result in better & more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.
Modi govt had amended BSF Act to authorise border force to undertake search, seizure & arrest within 50 km stretch, from existing 15 km, from borders in Punjab, West Bengal & Assam.
With the shortage of workforce touching five-figure levels, enhancing BSF's operational roles in Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam is plainly illogical.
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Congress leaders in Punjab are divided over the Modi government’s decision to increase the BSF’s jurisdiction from the current 15 km to 50 km in the state.
The Border Security Force opened fire at them after the intruders did not pay heed to their repeated warnings, an official of the BSF said on Saturday.
Shah said this while delivering the annual 'Rustamji memorial lecture' instituted by the Border Security Force (BSF) in the memory of its first director general (DG) K F Rustamji.
The MHA data pertains to six paramilitary forces namely the CRPF, BSF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal, Central Industrial Security Force and Assam Rifles.