Border Security Force (Enhancement of Jurisdiction Issue)
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Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification to enhance the jurisdiction of Border Security Force (BSF) for seizure, search and arrest up to 50km from the international border in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab (earlier 15 kms) . Punjab Assembly recently passed a resolution against this move.
In Gujarat, the limit was reduced from the existing 80 km to 50 km. In Rajasthan, the 50-km limit remains unchanged.
Note – the limits of jurisdiction is different in different states and notified by Central Govt. on the basis of BSF Act, 1968
The Govt has increased jurisdiction in Punab citing drones and narcotics threat. The matter is pending before SC.
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