Indian government in dispute with West Bengal over extension of BSF jurisdiction
Intensifying its standoff with the Indian government, the government of West Bengal decided to present a resolution to the state legislature on November 17 against extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force from 15 km to 50 km in the state.
India’s Home Office issued a notification on October 11 authorizing the BSF to carry out searches, seizures and arrests within a 50 km radius of the international border in West Bengal, Assam, Punjab and a few other states.
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Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said the resolution would explain how the decision to extend the jurisdiction of the BSF is a “direct attack” on the Indian federal structure. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already written a letter to the Indian government opposing the move.
The legislature of the state of Punjab, which shares a border with Pakistan, recently passed a resolution against extending the jurisdiction of the BSF in the state
The Indian federal government yesterday urged the West Bengal administration to speed up the completion of fence works on the remaining part of the border with Bangladesh during a meeting between Indian Interior Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla and the Chief Secretary of Bengal Hari Krishna Dwivedi in Kolkata, according to official sources, reports our correspondent in New Delhi.
The meeting took place on a day when two suspected Bangladeshi cattle smugglers were shot dead inside Indian territory by Border Security Force personnel who claimed to have fired in self-defense after being attacked during a smuggling operation along the border in West Bengal. Cooch Behar early yesterday.
The federal government was very concerned about international border security, Bhalla said at the time.
âA total of 289 km of international border needs to be fenced with barbed wire, but this could not be completed due to land acquisition issues. The fence of 107 km of borders has not yet been completed, âhe stressed.
There are a lot of mistakes in the proposed plans for setting up border chowks in West Bengal which were mentioned in a report at the meeting, according to West Bengal government sources.
West Bengal shares more than 2,200 km of border with Bangladesh, approximately 183 km of border with Bhutan and 100 km of border with Nepal.