Don’t let the BSF go beyond its jurisdiction, says Mamata

Calcutta: Alarmed by the killing of 14 civilians in a botched military operation in Nagaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday ordered her government officials not to allow border security forces to operate beyond of their jurisdiction in the state.

The Trinamul congressional supremo also accused the BSF of crossing its jurisdictional boundaries without notifying state police during an administrative review meeting of two districts in North Bengal, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur, in Karnajhora in Raiganj.

Ms. Banerjee told Acting Police Director General Manoj Malviya, present at the meeting: “The BSFs frequent the villages. ever bring up this matter with the CEO of BSF and talk to him? This should be done at the CEO level. “

She alleged: “There are many districts like Malda, Murshidabad, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur where the BJP is supposed to operate within a jurisdiction of 15 km (from the border) only after notifying the state police. But they sneak around without telling the cops. You saw what problem arose in Nagaland. So you have to learn. You also saw what problem arose in Sitalkuchi. Recently, three people were shot dead in Coochbehar. I don’t want a confrontation. You have to be very careful with this. “

She then said to the inspectors in charge (IC), who run the police stations, and to the neighborhood development officers (BDO) in the neighborhoods: “Our ICs often prefer to spare them. Who do this ? People from the outside come into your jurisdiction. They are not licensed for this. Public order is your subject. Are you monitoring? I will also ask BDOs to remain vigilant. If such a complaint arises, visit the area with the CI and tell them: this is not your jurisdiction. You do this in your jurisdiction, no problem, which is legally correct.

Mr Malviya assured the CM to take action, stating: “I met DG BSF recently. We talked to him about it. We have created a system. We send a letter. We do not give permission either. Criticizing the CM, BJP leader Shameek Bhattacharya said: “After her comments, MPs, MPs and TMC leaders will attack the BSF more. This is not expected in a healthy democracy.”

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