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Centre interferes with federal structure by extending of BSF’s jurisdiction: Mamata

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday targeted the Union government‘s move to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF), alleging it to be an attempt to interfere with the federal structure of the country.

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The BJP-led central government had amended the BSF Act to authorise the force to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a larger 50 km stretch, instead of 15 km, from the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.

Ms. Banerjee, however, said the Sate has no problems in the border areas.

“About the BSF matter, we have sent a letter protesting the move. Earlier, they had jurisdiction of 15 km, there were incidents of firing in Balurghat or Cooch Behar. Now, they extended it to 50 km. This is an attempt to interfere with the federal structure of the country,” Ms. Banerjee said at an administrative review meeting.

Ms. Banerjee, however, said the Sate has no problems in the border areas.

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“About the BSF matter, we have sent a letter protesting the move. Earlier, they had jurisdiction of 15 km, there were incidents of firing in Balurghat or Cooch Behar. Now, they extended it to 50 km. This is an attempt to interfere with the federal structure of the country,” Ms. Banerjee said at an administrative review meeting.

West Bengal shares an international border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

Ms. Banerjee had on Sunday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately withdraw the Union Home Ministry’s notification that extended the jurisdiction of BSF.

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