In West Bengal, the international border connects with three countries Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Meanwhile, the BJP hit out at Banerjee for criticizing the BSF and its jurisdiction.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (File Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked the police in districts bordering neighboring countries to monitor the activities of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the wake of 14 civilians being killed in firing by security forces in Nagaland. He also directed the police that the Border Security Force should not be allowed to act outside its jurisdiction. The Chief Minister said that law and order is a state subject.
Addressing an administrative review meeting of Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur districts in Karanjora here, he said, “I know there is a problem… BSF personnel come to our village and then we get complaints of harassment. They go to many places which are outside their jurisdiction without informing the police.”
He said, “Everyone has seen what happened in Nagaland. During the assembly elections, three people were killed in firing in Sitalkuchi in Bengal and recently in Cooch Behar… I will ask the block development officers and inspector-in-charge to be alert.” Banerjee was referring to the incident of 14 people being killed in firing by security forces in Nagaland on December 4 and 5. The Chief Minister has also been opposing the decision of the Central Government to increase the jurisdiction of the BSF.
Mamta is opposing to increase the jurisdiction of BSF
Banerjee is opposing the decision of the Central Government to increase the jurisdiction of BSF. The BJP-led central government has increased the BSF’s jurisdiction to conduct searches, seizures and arrests along international borders in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam from a radius of 15 kms to 50 kms. Banerjee had earlier said, “There is no problem in the border areas and we have very good relations (with neighboring countries). There is no need to create this illusion. Law and order is the subject of the state government.
In West Bengal, the international border connects with three countries Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Meanwhile, the BJP hit out at Banerjee for criticizing the BSF and its jurisdiction. Party spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “The Chief Minister talks of federalism and then makes derogatory remarks against the security forces. ,
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