Referring to the additional powers given to central paramilitary forces deployed near International Border (IB), Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday said that amendments in their operational areas have been made to establish uniformity and they always work in close coordination with state police.
Speaking to ANI, senior Border Security Force official Solomon Minz said border safety is a part of internal security and they are sensitive about it. The idea behind extending operational areas is to curb all kinds of cross-border crime.
The amendment have been made on October 11 to establish uniformity in defining the area within which Border Security Force can operate as per its charter of duties and execution of its Role and Task of border guarding in its areas of deployment, said Mr Minz.
The Border Security Force Inspector General added that this will also enable improved operational effectiveness in curbing trans-border crime in an extent of 50 km from the International Boundary within the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, running along the borders of India.
Earlier, the limit was fixed to 80 km in the case of Gujarat and 15 km in the case of Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.
“We always work in close coordination with state police. We have monthly meetings with state police and we have a system of border security grid to further strengthen border security and better coordination,” said Mr Minz.
The Congress government in Punjab has opposed the increase in the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the international border areas of the country. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has also opposed it. Both the parties have demanded the Centre to withdraw this decision, calling it an attack on the federal structure.