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BSF Constable killed in Malda by trans-border cattle smugglers

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] (ANI): A Border Security Force (BSF) Constable of 159 Battalion died in the line of duty on Monday while trying to prevent trans-border crimes.
While performing duties at Hariya Nallah area in the early morning hours on January 10, Constable Vivek Tiwari spotted the cattle being smuggled by some miscreants across the Hariya Nallah. He challenged the criminals by firing from his rifle and alerted a colleague, who was about 80 metres away. The BSF in a statement said that in dense fog he tried to chase the criminals on his own in the nallah without waiting for the other personnel, but he was overpowered by the criminals and drowned in the nallah.
“BSF recognises outstanding valour and devotion to duty of braveheart Late Constable Vivek Tiwari in challenging the criminals single-handedly to prevent trans-border crimes in dense foggy conditions without caring for his own life,” the statement read.
The mortal remains of the Constable were given a send off on Monday from Aradhpur Headquarters 159 Battalion of BSF to his native village Mahuvi Sherpur in Azmgarh district, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Sudhir Hooda, DIG Malda and Harsh Nandan Joshi, Commandant 159 Battalion after bestowing full force honours.
He is survived by his pregnant wife and one-year-old daughter.
The BSF said that there has been an increase in trans-border crimes in the Malda district in last one month. Criminals from both sides of the border are desperately trying to take advantage of the dense fog to carry out their nefarious activities. A case of culpable homicide has been registered under Police Station Bamangola, Malda to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. (Image source: Instagram)

Suvendu Adhikari justifies move to extend BSF jurisdiction, alleges Kolkata has always been corridor for Bangladeshi intruders

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Lashing out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari alleged that Kolkata has always been the corridor for the Bangladeshi intruders and justified the Centre’s decision to extend the BSF’s jurisdiction from 15 km from the international border to 50 km, saying it is good for the national security.
Speaking to ANI in Kolkata, Adhikari further said that this is the reason why the National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are needed. “Kolkata has always been the corridor for the Bangladeshi intruders. The main accused of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was Majid, he was in Park Circus, Kolkata, for 15 years. NIA arrested him. Bengal Police is not doing any work that’s why UP Police came and caught 20 Bangladeshi infiltrators. So, the Centre’s decision over the extension of BSF jurisdiction from 15 km from the international border to 50 km is good for the national security,” the BJP leader told ANI.
“The border post monitoring should be increased especially near the coastal areas. This is in the interest of the people. That’s why NRC, NPR, CAA are needed. Therefore population control is needed, otherwise, our country will not exist,” he added.
The Centre, earlier in the month of October, had 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) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
On December 12, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad had conducted the raid in coordination with West Bengal Police at Gulshan Colony, West Chowbaga. The arrested person Mahfuzur Rahman (30) is a resident of Munshiganj in Bangladesh.
According to police, 20 others suspected to be Bangladeshis have been detained and brought to Anandapur police station.
Adhikari further and said that the TMC will finish at the fourth position in the Goa assembly polls.

Centre committed in providing world-class technologies to BSF for border security

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday stated that the Centre is committed to providing world-class technologies to the Border Security Force (BSF) for border security.
Shah, while addressing the 57th Raising Day of BSF in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, said, “Border Security Force is the first line of defence. For our government, border security means national security. We are committed to provide world-class technologies to BSF for border security.” “The security of the country’s borders has been taken seriously by the Central government since 2014. Wherever there is an attempt of encroachment at the border, we have retaliated immediately,” the Union Minister said.
He further paid tribute to the jawans of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and BSF who lost their lives and said, “More than 35,000 jawans of the country’s police force, BSF and CAPF have sacrificed their lives for the country. On behalf of the country, I pay tribute to all the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.”
The Union Home Minister also presented medals to BSF personnel on the 57th Raising Day of BSF. The Raising Day event of the BSF is being celebrated at Jaisalmer for the first time.
Earlier on Saturday, the Union Home Minister distributed health cards to BSF personnel during his visit at Rohitash Border here along the India-Pakistan International boundary. These health cards were distributed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
Shah is on a two-day visit to Rajasthan.
He will proceed to Jaipur later in the day to address the BJP state working committee meeting.
The Union Home Minister will also address the public representatives conference which will involve panchayat Samiti members, Zilla Parishad members, district heads, deputy chiefs, pradhans and deputy pradhans, MPs, MLAs.
During the working committee meeting today, BJP’s organizational review, upcoming action plan, complete farmer loan waiver, electricity, health, education, unemployment, law and order, the strategy and mission of the movement among other things will be discussed in detail.

Amit Shah meets BSF personnel in Jaisalmer, attends ‘Sainik Sammelan’

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited Rohitash border outpost and interacted with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel guarding the International Border in the region.
Shah is now attending “Sainik Sammelan”, and earlier in the day reviewed security at the Western Border of the country. Shah’s visit to Jaisalmer coincides with the 57th Raising Day event of the BSF being celebrated there for the first time.
Shah offered prayers at the Tanot Rai Mata temple after reaching Jaisalmer on Saturday.
The Home Minister will attend the BSF’s Raising Day event on December 5 morning and then leave for Jaipur.
He is learnt to closely watch night patrolling being done by BSF personnel and to spend a night with BSF personnel at Rohitash Border Outpost in the region as well as have ‘Bada Khana’ (dinner). This will be the first time when the Home Minister will be spending a night with BSF personnel near the border.
Shah will also proceed to Jaipur on Sunday to address the BJP state working committee meeting.
The Union Home Minister will also address the public representatives conference which will involve panchayat Samiti members, Zilla Parishad members, district heads, deputy chiefs, pradhans and deputy pradhans, MPs, MLAs.
Shah will address the two-day BJP working committee meeting of the State unit at JECC Auditorium in Jaipur.
He will also address a special session on Sunday following which he will address a conference of 10,000 public representatives.
During the working committee meeting today, BJP’s organizational review, upcoming action plan, complete farmer loan waiver, electricity, health, education, unemployment, law and order, the strategy and mission of the movement among other things will be discussed in detail.

Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi, demands Centre to roll back decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded rolling back of the Centre’s decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also discussed several issues related to West Bengal.
“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn,” Banerjee told reporters in Delhi
Earlier on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy met Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. Her visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.
On Tuesday, former Congress leader Kirti Azad and, former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC in the presence of Mamata Banerjee in the national capital.
The Centre had earlier in October 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) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments.

Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, discuss BSF, development issues

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and development of the state during her visit to Delhi.
Briefing the media in Kolkata today, Banerjee said, “I am going to Delhi today as I have an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after tomorrow, regarding the BSF issue and other development issues of Bengal.” The chief minister said that all the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs who are sitting since morning at the party office in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura have not been given an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“I am going to express my solidarity with them,” Banerjee said.
Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi and have sought an appointment with Shah over the alleged police brutality in Tripura.
On Sunday, Trinamool Youth Congress president Sayonni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police for allegedly creating a ruckus during a public meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25. It earlier also alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.
“They want to capture power and bulldoze the federal structure in the name of cooperative federalism. Tripura issue will be raised in Delhi, Mumbai, and everywhere else,” Banerjee said.
“Where’s the National Human Rights Commission or the HM or (Article) 355? How many notices have been sent by the Government of India to Tripura? They don’t care about the constitution. Their only obligation is to cheat people. They will be defeated ultimately,” she added.
The West Bengal Chief Minister further said that the party respects every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines.
“We respect every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines. This is contempt of court. The administration, BJP and CM himself is defying the Supreme Court verdict,” Banerjee said.
Mamata Banerjee is visiting Delhi today and will stay in the national capital till November 25.
Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.

Mamata Banerjee ‘political mother of all terrorists in country’, says BJP’s Saumitra Khan

New Delhi [India] : BJP leader Saumitra Khan has hit out at Mamata Banerjee over her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene and withdraw the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres stating that the West Bengal chief minister is the “political mother of all terrorists in the country.”
Speaking to ANI, Saumitra Khan requested the Prime Minister not to heed to Mamata Banerjee and said that she wants to destroy the country in the same manner in which she had destroyed West Bengal. The BJP leader further accused the West Bengal chief minister of attempting to turn India into a “dharmashala”.
“She is the political mother of all terrorists in the country because when the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed in the Parliament, she opposed it. When the National Register of Citizens was passed, she opposed it because she wants to make India a ‘dharmashala’. Is India a dharmashala that the Rohingyas would enter India, kill people here and loot the money of the Indian government?” Khan asked.
The BJP leader also alleged that Mamata Banerjee is supporting the Rohingyas to end the integrity of the country.
“Mamata Banerjee is supporting the Rohingyas to end the integrity of the country. That is the reason she is upset because now terrorists would not be able to enter India as a result of the increase in the border jurisdiction of the BSF from 15 km to 50 km. This is why she is opposing the move as this is her politics,” Khan told ANI.
Asked about the chief minister’s decision to move a resolution in the West Bengal Assembly, Khan said that the CM does not believe in the states and does not follow the rules of the assembly.
“Has she ever believed in the structure of the country? She does not believe in the states. She does not follow the rules of the assembly. It has become her job to oppose the country,” he said.
In a move aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes, the Centre 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 International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to fifteen kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to spread its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.

Heroin seized near India-Pak border

New Delhi [India]: The Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered eight packets of contrabands suspected to be heroin near the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) track in the paddy field in the Ferozepur sector in Punjab, the force said on Monday. The BSF troops deployed at Border Outpost Pachharian recovered the heroin packets on Sunday noon near IB track in the paddy field.

“The recovery was made in alignment in between Border Pillar (BP) 180/3 – 180/4,” the force said.
The BSF said that the recovered items were in the shape of sticks. “Of the total eight sticks three were packed with yellow colour tape and five with silver colour tape and concealed in paddy crops with the straw.”
This is the third seizure in the area of responsibility of Border Outpost Pancharian since January 2021 and the total progressive seizure of suspected heroin in the Ferozepur sector is 103.048 kgs, added the BSF.

Union Home Secretary to visit Kolkata, extension of BSF jurisdiction on agenda

New Delhi [India] : Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla will be visiting Kolkata on Friday to hold a meeting with West Bengal Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Additional Director General of Police (DGP) over the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres along the border area.
Officials from the Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF), Indian Coast Guard and District Magistrate from districts adjacent to border areas will be present virtually. The Ministry of Home Affairs in October extended BSF jurisdictions to 50 kms from the border area on which Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had objected.
The Centre had earlier in October 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) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata raised strong objections against the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres along the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam and said that the move was meant to torture common people.
The letter dated October 24 said that the notification suffers from serious constitutional impropriety as it extends territorial jurisdiction to 50 km belt from the Indian border, which is effectively non-border areas within the state’s territory. It added that the order goes beyond the mandate of the BSF act.
However, BSF jurisdiction has been cut short by 20 km in the five northeastern states– Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya– where it had jurisdiction up to 80 km. Similarly in Gujarat, the BSF’s jurisdiction has been curtailed from 80 to 50 km. In Rajasthan, the BSF’s area of jurisdiction will remain the same at 50 km.

Creating ‘state within state’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Slamming the Central government over the recent extension of the jurisdiction of Border Security Force (BSF), Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday alleged that the Centre is weakening the country’s federal structure by creating ‘a state within a state’.
Addressing an all-party meeting in Punjab today, Sidhu said, “Centre is creating states within states and they are fulfilling their own interests. This is a political move by the BJP to scuttle elections, to camouflage their weak political position in Punjab. BJP is using BSF to interfere in the autonomy of states ruled by opposition parties.” Sidhu further claimed that this decision, being taken a few months ahead of assembly elections in Punjab, is aimed at creating unrest to hamper the electoral process in the state.
“Why is this happening just two months before elections, why not in the last 4.5 years? This is to scuttle the electoral process which is the centrifugal force of any democracy. You (BJP) want control on flimsy grounds, where you don’t have any political support, but public hate,” he added.
Sidhu further said that the Centre did not give any official explanation for issuing this new order and said that the BSF daily violates the constitutional provision of the country in the name of security in West Bengal, and there is a possibility that the instances of torture, false cases, arbitrary detention and illegal arrests would happen in Punjab too.
“They use institutions as a political tool. West Bengal government, in the last five years, had lodged a total of 240 cases accusing the BSF of extra-judicial torture, 60 cases of extrajudicial execution and eight cases of forced disappearance. Of these, in 33 cases, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended compensation to the victims or to their next of kin,” he stated.
The Congress leader further warned the Centre and said that if it does not roll back its fresh notification, then the party will hold an agitation. “We will hold an agitation along with all the parties. The whole world will see. This fight cannot be fought alone, we all will fight together,” he added.
Meanwhile, an all-party meeting was convened by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday to discuss the Centre’s recent enhanced jurisdiction of the BSF.
Earlier on October 13, the Ministry of Home Affairs empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures upto an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to have jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.

BSF Recovers Arms & Drugs

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Border Security Force (BSF) in a joint search operation with the team of Punjab Police on Tuesday recovered a bag containing arms and drugs from the Khemkaran area in Ferozepur district of Punjab.
As per a press release issued by BSF on Wednesday, 22 pistols including five pistols made in Pakistan and China, 44 Pistol Magazines, 100 Rds ammunition, 934 grams of heroin, 72 grams of opium were recovered from the bag. “It appears that few pistols are locally manufactured in Pakistan. However, apart from the above markings, no marking/details of the manufacturing Company were found engraved on the pistols,” read the release.
A case has been registered against the unknown person under NDPS Act, Arms Act and Foreigners Act and recovered items were handed over to Punjab Police, Amritsar.
More details are awaited.

‘BSF always work in closely with state police’

Referring to the additional powers given to central paramilitary forces to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday said that amendments in their operational areas have been made to establish uniformity and they always work in close coordination with state police.

New Delhi [India], October 14 : Solomon Minz, Inspector General (Operations), BSF said that the power with BSF under CrPC and Passport act will now be extended to a new operational area. Border safety is a part of internal security and they are sensitive about it. The idea behind extending operational areas is to curb all kinds of cross-border crime. The amendment have been made on October 11 to establish uniformity in defining the area within which BSF can operate as per its charter of duties and execution of its Role and Task of border guarding in its areas of deployment, said Minz.
The BSF IG added that this will also enable improved operational effectiveness in curbing trans-border crime in an extent of 50 km from the International Boundary within the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, running along the borders of India.
Earlier, the limit was fixed to 80 km in the case of Gujarat and 15 km in the case of Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.
“We always work in close coordination with state police. We have monthly meetings with state police and we have a system of border security grid to further strengthen border security and better coordination,” said Minz.
The Congress government in Punjab has opposed the increase in the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the international border areas of the country. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has also opposed it. Both the parties have demanded the Centre to withdraw this decision, calling it an attack on the federal structure.

Assam welcomes BSF’s jurisdiction

Assam [India], October 14 : The Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday welcomed the extension of the Border Security Force’s (BSF) operational jurisdiction in coordination with the state police and said that the move will serve as a “deterrent” for illegal infiltration.
“Assam welcomes the extension of BSF’s operational jurisdiction. In coordination with state police, this move will serve as a strong deterrent for defeating cross border smuggling & illegal infiltration. It strengths national security and national interest,” said the Chief Minister. Notably, in a move aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes, the Centre on Wednesday empowered the Border Security Force to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.

Punjab: Sukhbir Badal holds protest against BSF’s jurisdiction extension

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], October 14 : Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday held a protest against the Centre’s decision to extend the area under the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab.
Sukhbir Singh along with other party leaders protested outside Raj Bhawan in Chandighar. Earlier on Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi condemned the Centre’s decision and said that it is a “direct attack on federalism”.
On Wednesday, Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar also claimed that the move “castigated” the Punjab Police.
“Be careful what you ask for! Has Charanjit Singh Channi unwittingly managed to hand over half of Punjab to the Central govt. 25000sq km (out of a total of 50,000sq km) has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated. Do we still want more autonomy to States?” Jakhar tweeted.
Union Home Ministry on Wednesday extended the area states of West Bengal, Punjab and Assam, under the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF), giving the paramilitary personnel powers of arrest, search and seizure, on par with state police.
Centre said the move was aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes, and empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to fifteen kilometers in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to spread its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.

‘Direct attack on federalism’

Chandigarh (Punjab): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s decision to extend the Border Security Force (BSF)’s jurisdiction over a wider area along the borders of three states and said that it is a “direct attack on federalism”.

Channi requested the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately roll back this irrational decision.
“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” tweeted Channi.

Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has termed the Centre’s recent decision of allowing more jurisdiction to the Border Security Force (BSF) in border areas as an attempt to “weaken the spirit of federalism”.

Channi’s predecessor Captain Amarinder Singh who had to resign as Punjab chief minister amidst tensions within the Congress has however approved of the Centre’s move.

“Our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir. We’re seeing more and more weapons and drugs being pushed by Pakistan-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSF’s enhanced presence and powers will only make us stronger. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics,” Singh tweeted.

Former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jhakkar also took a dig at the chief minister when he put out a tweet stating that Channi had unwittingly managed to hand over half of Punjab to Central government.

“Be careful what you ask for! Has (Punjab CM) Charanjit Singh Channi unwittingly managed to hand over half of Punjab to Central govt. 25,000sq km (out of total 50,000sq km) has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated. Do we still want more autonomy from the States?”

In a move aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes, the Centre has empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.

As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to fifteen kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to spread its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.

However, its jurisdiction has been cut short by 20 km in the five northeastern states– Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya– where it had jurisdiction up to 80 km. Similarly in Gujarat, the BSF’s jurisdiction has been curtailed from 80 to 50 km.

In Rajasthan, the BSF’s area of jurisdiction will remain the same at 50 km. An officer of the rank corresponding to that of the lowest rank of member of the BSF is now empowered under the CrPC to exercise and discharge the powers and duties without an order from a Magistrate and without a warrant.

The officer is now empowered to arrest any person who has been concerned in any cognizable offence, or against whom a reasonable complaint has been made, or credible information has been received. A BSF officer has now been given the power to conduct a search of a place entered by a person sought to be arrested in its new area of jurisdiction. (ANI)

BSF foils weapon smuggling attempt from Pakistan

The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday foiled a weapon smuggling attempt from across the International Border in the Samba area and seized a big cache of arms and ammunition, officials said.

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) October 7 : SPS Sandhu, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), and PRO BSF, Jammu informed the seizure includes four pistols, eight pistol magazines, and 232 rounds of live cartridges. The officer said it is learned that the weapon was pushed from Pakistan to support terrorist activities being run in the Valley by various terror outfits.
The DIG said the BSF is mandated to guard the India-Pakistan border and ensure to curb illegal smuggling of arms and ammunition as well as drugs.
In the last 10 months, there have been several incidents of weapons and narcotics smuggling attempts from across the border through drones and the help of terrorists, Sandhu said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police last week also recovered an arms consignment including one AK assault rifle, three magazines, and 30 rounds of live cartridges near the International Border. It is suspected that these arms and ammunition were dropped by a drone from Pakistan.

BSF catches five intruders at Indo-Bangla border

North 24 Parganas (West Bengal): Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday apprehended five Bangladeshi nationals, including four women, when they were trying to cross India-Bangladesh International Boundary (IB) here in West Bengal.


BSF troops of the 99 Battalion conducted a special operation on the basis of the information of the Intelligence branch. “The three women, who came out of the prostitution swamp and were crossing the IB illegally were aged between 27-29 years. Friends had pushed all three women into the quagmire of prostitution by promising to get a job in India,” informed the BSF.


“In an interrogation, they revealed that Indian tout Tameez Mandal and Bangladeshi tout Jamir Bhai had fixed Rs 20,000 to cross International Boundary,” BSF further informed.


Two other Bangladesh nationals identified as Ashiq Ali (22), resident of Laskarpur in Bangladesh, along with Rashida Khatoon (20), a resident of Namwar Pada village in Bangladesh, were arrested.
All the apprehended persons were handed over to the concerned police stations for further legal action.

J&K: Flying object repulsed by BSF

On June 29 drone activities were thwarted by the Army at the Ratnachuk-Kaluchak military area in Jammu.

Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, August 23 : A flying object was fired at and repulsed by the BSF troops along the International Border on Monday. According to a statement by the officials, the flying object was spotted in the Arnia sector of Jammu. Commenting on the development, the BSF said, “Today morning at about 0530 hrs, a blinking red and yellow light in the sky observed by our forward troops in Arnia sector near to the IB.”

“Our troops immediately fired 25 LMG rds on the flying object due to which it gained some height and went towards Pak side. Area being searched with help of police.”

Jammu is witnessing an increased drone activity. On July 2 a quadcopter was repulsed by the BSF in the Arnia sector. On June 29 drone activities were thwarted by the Army at the Ratnachuk-Kaluchak military area in Jammu. On June 27 there were two bomb blasts at the Jammu Airforce Station carried out by using drones.

Raksha Bandhan with BSF

RS Pura (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 20 : Children celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel in the RK Pura area of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
Balbir Kaur, a woman behind this initiative shared her thoughts on this event. “We had planned a similar event last year which could not happen due to Covid. A lot of them come from distant places. We prayed for their safety to God while tying rakhis to them,” Kaur said.
BSF personnel were happy to have children tie them rakhis and celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan with them.
“We felt happy that children came here and tied rakhis to us. My real sister may be far away from here but we still have sisters here who tied rakhis to us,” said Dev Raj, another BSF personnel.
Expressing happiness at the celebrations, Constable Satyender Singh said, “We are not able to celebrate every festival at our homes. We miss doing such things. Children made us feel at home and this is worth remembering for a long while.”
A girl who tied rakhi to the BSF personnel stated, “We came here to tie rakhis to the BSF personnel who work hard for the safety of this country and its people. We will continue coming here for such celebrations in the future.”
The festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is just around the corner, is celebrated by Indians annually to mark the special bond between siblings. This year the occasion will be observed on August 22.

India fully prepared to deal with all situations at border: BSF DG

Wagha [India] August 15 : India is fully prepared to deal with all situations at the border and Pakistan’s attempts to infiltrate weapons via drones would be failed with the help of technology, Border Security Forces DG SS Deswal said on Sunday during a bike rally at the Attari-Wagha border.
“We’re acting as per bilateral agreement of ceasefire at present. We are fully prepared to deal with all situations, he said. “With the help of technology, we will be able to prevent all these activities across the border,” he added as Pakistan has been attempting to infiltrate weapons and drugs in India through drones.
As the Taliban is advancing into more Afghan cities, BSF DG said that when we prepare our security plan for the border we keep into consideration all situations emerging across the border.
Last week, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had said that there were incidents of 664 ceasefire violations and cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan till June end this year.
A maximum of 380 incidents of ceasefire violation and cross-border firing were reported in January this year followed by 278 in February, one in April, three in May, and two in June.

Punjab: New attraction at Attari-Wagah border

A museum depicting the glorious history and evolution of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been set up near the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar, Punjab but is yet to open for the public amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 14 : The museum has spectacular statues, sculptures, artefacts along with a theatre. “Those who come to experience the Beating Retreat ceremony will have another major centre of attraction here,” BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bhupinder Singh told ANI.
In view of COVID-19, the museum has not yet opened its doors for public viewing. It was inaugurated in April 2021.

“Due to the pandemic, the BSF museum will open for the public along with the reopening of the Beating Retreat ceremony,” said the DIG.
The museum has a display of the achievements of the BSF, its history and information about BSF’s war heroes, he noted adding that a 15-minute video about BSF will be played at the theatre for the people.
Singh further informed that BSF received suggestions to establish a museum from the visitors of Attari-Wagah border.

“Attari-Wagah border is an attractive destination. Every Saturday and Sunday, about 20,000 – 25,000 people used visit the area to view the famous Beating retreat ceremony. We used to get suggestions that a museum should be set up with the history of BSF,” he said.

Pak I-Day: sweets exchanged at border

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 14 : Pakistan Rangers and Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday exchanged sweets at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar, Punjab on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan.
“As per the long-standing traditions, security forces of the two sides exchange sweet on special occasions. These traditions help maintain peace and prosperity on the border. Today, Pakistan Rangers shared sweets on their independence day at Attari-Wagah border,” BSF commandant Jasbir Singh told reporters on the border. “We will also gift sweets to them tomorrow,” he added.
A day ahead of India’s independence, Pakistan is celebrating its 75th independence day amid strained ties with New Delhi. Even after the declaration of a ceasefire agreement earlier this year, things have not gone well between the two sides amid the crisis situation in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had said the government’s consistent position has been that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing issues, if any, bilaterally and peacefully in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence.
“The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner,” he had said

Pak’s involvement in terror attack

ANI | Updated: Aug 13, 2021 16:41 IST

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 13 : In a tweet today, Kashmir Zone Police said, ” Killed #terrorist (Usman) is #Pakistani and identified as an associate of JeM top commander Lamboo @ Adnan who was recently killed in an #encounter. It confirms Pakistan’s involvement in attack on BSF convoy: IGP Kashmir” A Pakistani terrorist, who was active for the past six months was neutralised during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Friday.
The IGP informed that arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, which indicated that a major incident was going to take place.
Two terrorists opened fire from a building when a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy was approaching it on Thursday, following which security forces used rocket launchers to neutralise a terrorist at night.
“Two terrorists opened fire from a building when a BSF convoy was approaching it. None of us was injured. Security forces surrounded them, and an encounter ensued. We used rocket launchers, and a militant was neutralised at night,” said Kumar.
He added that a search was difficult at night, therefore it was carried out in the morning today.
“The body of a Pakistani terrorist, called Usman, was found. He was active for the past 6 months. AK 47, magazines, grenade, rocket launcher grenade found. This shows that a major incident was going to take place,” the IGP added.
Earlier today, Kumar said a major tragedy has been averted before Independence Day after one terrorist was killed during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam.
“Kulgam Encounter Update: Operation is over now. A major tragedy has been averted before Independence Day. National Highway will open for traffic shortly,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police quoting the IGP Kashmir. (

Tripura: BSF jawans killed

Dhalai (Tripura) [India], August 3 : Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including a Sub Inspector, were killed in an exchange of fire between a patrolling party and some militants in the Dhalai district of Tripura on Tuesday morning.
According to BSF, the encounter began around 6.30 a.m. in the general area of Border Outpost R.C. Nath in the Dhalai district. Sub-Inspector Bhuru Singh and Constable Raj Kumar sustained fatal injuries and later lost their lives.
“As per the blood strains available at the spot, militants have reportedly sustained some injuries,” the BSF said in a statement, adding both the personnel “fought valiantly before succumbing to their injuries”.
A massive search operation has been launched in the area to nab the militants, said the BSF. (ANI)

J&K:Drone in Arnia sector

Drone shot at by BSF, pushed back in Jammu’s Arnia Sector

Jammu: Alert troops of the Border Security Force (BSF) shot at a drone in Arnia Sector along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district and pushed it back to the Pakistani territory.

A senior BSF official here on Wednesday said: “A blinking red light was observed by the troops in the Arnia sector at 0952 hours on Tuesday night at the height of 200 meters on the Indian side.”

He said that alert troops fired from their position towards blinking light, due to which, it returned.

“Area is being searched but nothing has been found so far,” he added.

On Sunday, Jammu Police had arrested one terrorist who used to monitor movement of drones and transport the consignment of weapons, narcotics to the Kashmir valley.

The activities of drones have increased in Jammu district following the suspected drone attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu last month.

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