BSF’s expanded jurisdiction helped curb drug trafficking: Center | Latest India News

The Border Security Force (BSF) has succeeded in curbing the smuggling of drugs and other contraband after expanding its territorial jurisdiction along the border with Pakistan and Bangladesh last year, Lok said on Tuesday. Sabha the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai.

Rai also said that the extension of BSF’s territorial jurisdiction to Punjab and some other states was aimed at empowering border guards to carry out their duties more effectively.

This decision was useful following the use of technologies such as drones and unmanned aerial vehicles – usually long-range – by anti-national forces for surveillance as well as for the smuggling of weapons, narcotics and weapons. fake Indian banknotes, he added.

The minister made the statements while answering questions from Congressman Preneet Kaur on whether the increased jurisdiction had helped reduce the drug threat in Punjab and whether supplies of weapons or drones had been captured.

The Centre’s decision last year to extend the BSF’s territorial jurisdiction to Punjab, West Bengal and Assam sparked protests from opposition parties who said the move was an attack on federalism and interference in the work of the state police.

“Due to increased territorial jurisdiction, BSF has successfully curbed the smuggling of drugs and other contraband items,” Rai said.

The Deputy Minister also listed the items seized in BSF’s Punjab Border Area of ​​Responsibility (AOR) from October 11, 2021, when the notification extending territorial jurisdiction was issued, until July 15 this year.

Among the items seized were six Pakistani drones, one Indian drone, 314.05 kg of heroin, 1.58 kg of opium, 48 weapons, 553 bullets, 4,750 kg of RDX military explosives and 1 lakh of Indian currency, Rai said.

In a controversial notification on October 11 last year, the Center amended the BSF law to authorize the force to undertake searches, seizures and arrests within a radius of 50 km, instead of the existing 15 km, from from the international border of Punjab, West Bengal. and Assam.

In Gujarat, which shares a border with Pakistan, the same limit was reduced from 80 km to 50 km, and in Rajasthan it remained unchanged at 50 km.

The decision sparked immediate protests from opposition parties as well as the governments of Punjab and Bengal. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard a few days later.

The Center, however, said the amendment would ensure better and more effective control of cross-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.

On November 11, the Punjab assembly passed a resolution opposing the Center’s decision. The West Bengal assembly passed a similar resolution on November 16.

Assam’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the opposition of playing politics with national security.

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