TMC’s counterattack on increasing the jurisdiction of BSF, said – there is an attack on the federal structure of the country

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Kolkata: Slamming the Center over the decision to increase the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF), the Trinamool Congress on Thursday said it was an “encroachment” on the rights of the state and an attack on the federal structure of the country.

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The Central Government has amended the Border Security Force (BSF) Act to give it the power to search, seize and arrest in a large area of ​​50 km from the present 15 km of the International Border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.

The Trinamool Congress demanded the Center to withdraw it, claiming that the decision was taken without consulting the West Bengal government. Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “We oppose this decision, it is an encroachment on the rights of the state. What was the immediate need to expand the BSF’s jurisdiction without informing the state government? If the BSF has to conduct searches anywhere, it can always do so in collaboration with the state police. This has been going on for years. This is an attack on the federal structure.

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Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy alleged that the track record of the BSF with regard to human rights in border villages is not good. He said, ‘The Center and Home Minister Amit Shah are trying to weaken the states. The track record of BSF in the matter of human rights in border villages is not good.

State Congress President Adhir Choudhary warned that the Union Home Ministry would have to face the “side effects” of the move. “In some states, extending the BSF’s jurisdiction up to 50 km from the border is openly violating the territory of the states,” he said. Ministry of Home Affairs, you should not do any tampering otherwise you will have to face the consequences.

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