Officers of the BSF will now have the authority to arrest, search, and seize goods within a 50-kilometer radius. BSF will have authority for three new states that share international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
According to MHA, frequent drone drops of weaponry from over the border have led the BSF to expand its jurisdiction.
The action is swiftly escalating into a fight about state authority. Punjab’s Chief Minister has already spoken out against it.
The MHA argues that decision was made to stop illegal actions related to national security.
“It’s a risky move from a political standpoint. BSF’s major goal is to protect borders and prevent infiltration. They have demonstrated in recent incidents that they are unable to protect the demarcated boundary” according to a top police official.
“If we have intelligence on any instance, we won’t have to wait for local police to respond, and we’ll be able to take preventive action long ahead of schedule,” a senior BSF officer responds.
BSF officers now will have permission to conduct searches and arrests across a larger area in West Bengal, Punjab, and Assam.
Under the CrPC, the Passport Act, and the Passport (Entry to India) Act, the BSF has the authority to conduct this action.
The BSF has the same search and arrest powers as state police in Assam, West Bengal, and Punjab.
MHA authorized the clearance for raids and the arrests from International Borders up to a 50-kilometer radius inside Indian territory. Previously, the range was about 15 kilometres. Border Security Force will have permission to conduct the searches and arrests.