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Extending BSF jurisdiction for effective control at borders: Intent not to run parallel force

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New Delhi, Nov 30: The extension of the territorial jurisdiction of the Border Security Force to 50 kilometres from the current limit of 15 kilometres will result in better and more effective control, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

The Home Ministry was responding to said Ahmed, member of the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha. He was seeking to know if there was any plan of a roll back of the MHA's order dated October 11.

Extending BSF jurisdiction for effective control at borders: Intent not to run parallel force

In the order the jurisdiction of the BSF was standardised to 50 kilometres in the border states of Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam and Gujarat. This was done for the purpose of making arrests and conducting search and seizure operations.

The BSF however made it clear that it will not act as a parallel force to the state police in the states where its jurisdiction has been extended by the Centre.

The Director General of the BSF, Pankaj Kumar Singh in an interview with Akashvani had said that the jurisdiction was extended only in respect of the powers it enjoys under the Passport (Entry into India) Act and the Passport Act.

I would like to make it clear that in case of any operations conducted by the BSF in extended jurisdiction area, the FIR will be registered in a local police station and it will be probed by the local police, he said.

We are not going to act as a parallel force or conduct an investigation. He also said that there was misinformation being spread. The Home Ministry told the Lok Sabha that this decision was taken for more effective control on transborder crimes in conjunction and cooperation with the state police.

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