New Delhi/IBNS: Border Security Force (BSF) officers have been authorised to arrest, search, and of seizure to the extent of 50 km inside three new states sharing international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cited the recent incidents of drones dropping weapons have prompted the expansion of the jurisdiction of the BSF, according to an NDTV report.
The Chief Minister of Punjab has already protested against it.
In Assam, West Bengal, and Punjab, the BSF has got the right to search and arrest just like the state police, the report said.
As per the new notification, BSF officers will be able to conduct searches and arrests over a wider area in West Bengal, Punjab, and Assam.
BSF has got the right to take this action under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the Passport Act, and the Passport (Entry to India) Act.
Earlier, this range was 15 km. In addition to this, BSF will also be able to search and arrest in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and Ladakh, stated the report.