BSF jurisdiction: Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday reiterated his support to the Centre's decision to enhance the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab. He said the purpose of the Central paramilitary force is to secure international borders and not take over the Punjab Government.
"They (BSF) are here to secure our borders not take over the government. Nobody is taking over the state," said the former Punjab Chief Minister. He said "payloads and range of drones" coming in from Pakistan were increasing and the Punjab Police needed help from "specialised agencies" to deal with the situation.
"First drone came over one-and-a-half-year ago. They used to drop payloads only across the river. Then they started coming seven-eight km inside the border. The last information I have is that they have come 31 km into the border. Range and payloads are increasing," said Captain Amarinder Singh.
"The BSF is not going to take care of state security, they will track drones that are extending their capacity. The Punjab Police is a trained force and but they are not trained for handling drones or cross-border smuggling," he added.
Captain Amarinder Singh also shared his plan of paying a visit to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday to discuss various issues, including farmers' protests. "Tomorrow (October 28), we are taking some people with us, around 25-30, and we will be meeting the Home Minister," said the former Congress leader.
The Centre through a notification has empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) in five states--including Punjab-- along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.