The Home Ministry has extended the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force in West Bengal, Punjab and Assam giving them powers of arrest, search and seizure deeper inside these states.
TOI reported that the area of jurisdiction now is a 50km belt running along the national border inside these states — whereas earlier it was 15km — under Section 139 of the Border Security Force Act 1968 which enables the Centre to make such changes. .
It means officers of the BSF, like their counterparts in the state police, can make arrests, carry out searches and seize material in these areas.
The border stretch under BSF in Gujarat was reduced in Gujarat from 80 kms to 50 kms, in Rajasthan it remains the same, while no limit was prescribed for the northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur.
The MHA notification said the central government has revised the ‘schedule’ specifying the border stretch where BSF would have powers of search, seizure and arrest under Acts like Passport Act