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The Punjab Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution rejecting the Centre’s notification on the extension of the Border Security Force’s jurisdiction in the state, PTI reported. The members of the Assembly called the expansion of the security force’s operational limit an insult to the state police.

“All the political parties of Punjab have unanimously condemned the decision of [the] Union government and have demanded that the Union Government should withdraw notification dated 11.10.2021 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,” the resolution stated.

In October, the Centre extended the Border Security Force’s jurisdiction in Punjab to 50 kilometres from the international border. It also extended the security force’s jurisdiction for a similar area along the international border in West Bengal and Assam.

In all three states, the Border Security Force’s area of operation was earlier up to 15 kilometres from the international border.

On Thursday, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa moved the resolution in the Assembly against the Centre’s notification, PTI reported. He called the extension of Border Security Force’s jurisdiction in Punjab an “attack on [the] federal structure”.

The resolution stated that Punjab Police had contributed largely to the maintenance of the unity and the integrity of India. The extension of Border Security Force’s jurisdiction, the…

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