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Bengal assembly passes resolution against center to Withdraw BSF’s 50km order

Bengal assembly passes resolution against center to Withdraw BSF’s 50km order

On Tuesday, the WB legislative assembly passed a decision against the Centre’s decision to extend the authority of the BSF (Border Security Force) from 15 km to 50 km of the international border in the state.

West Bengal is the second border state after Punjab, where such a decision has been passed. Bengal’s border with Bangladesh runs along 10 with state’s 23 districts, from Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in north Bengal to South 24 Parganas and 24 Parganas in north Bengal.

Bengal ruling party leaders argue that the BSF’s new jurisdiction will cover more than 30% of Bengal’s territory, including many vital towns, and goes against the federal structure where law and order is the state’s responsibility.

Tuesday’s resolution was moved by Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal parliamentary affairs minister.

Chatterjee said, moving the resolution that was passing with the support of 112 legislators.

“We demand that the decision be draw out immediately as increase the area of authority of the BSF is a straight attack on the country’s federal structure,”

The resolution, PTI said, was opposed by 63 ministers from the BJP who supported the 11 October order of the Union minister of home affairs to authorize the border guarding force to carry out “arrest, search and seize” within 50km, up from the last limit of 15km, from the international border in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab.

BJP lawmakers hold out that the decision to increase BSF’s jurisdiction would help secure security.

Later, Suvendu Adhikari, opposition leader in the assembly, scraped away the resolutions, saying, “has no locus standi.”

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During the debate in the House, Suvendu Adhikari demanded that BSF’s jurisdiction be increased to at least 80km in Bengal.

He said that Bengal has turned into a hub for terror groups such as the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), referring to recent arrests of suspected JMB members in Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas districts.

He also accused some Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislators of statements during the debate, which he claimed, showed their support for illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh and their anti-India activities.

It referred to a TMC lawmaker from Dinhata in Cooch Behar district, Udayan Guha, who referred to the 12 November incident. Two suspected Bangladesh nationals killed a local villager when some BSF personnel opened fire after allegedly attacked.

Guha also spoke about corruption complaints received about BSF personnel and made some comments that prompted speaker Biman Banerjee had to stop him.

On 26 October, chief minister Mamata Banerjee set the tone for her government and Trinamool Congres over the home ministry order, saying she would not accept the notification.

“This is direct intervention with our state’s power and India’s federal structures. Law and order is a subject of state . We have high respect for BSF but they cannot operate inside our districts. We will oppose this,” Banerjee said at the state secretariat.

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