On Thursday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala criticized the center for its “one-sided” move to increase the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force in the party-run Punjab (and linked to the polls), and claimed that this was intended to distract from the heroin movement via the Adani port in Gujarat. This year.
Mr Surjewala’s pointed tweet claimed a “timeline,” referring first to two drug shipments – a 25,000 kg shipment that was said to have passed through Adani port in June and a 3,000 kg shipment (estimated at 20,000 crore rupees) captured at the same port in September.
25,000 kg of heroin passed through the port of Adani, Gujarat on 6/9/2021
3000 kg of heroin captured at Adani port, Gujarat, 9/13/2021.
The jurisdiction of the BSF was unilaterally changed from 15 km to 50 km in the Punjab.
Dead federalism, clear plot, “he tweeted.
• 25,000 kg of heroin passed through the port of Adani, Gujarat, on 6/09/2021.
• 3000 kg of heroin captured at the port of Adani, Gujarat, on 9/13/2021.
• BSF jurisdiction unilaterally increased from 15 km to 50 km in Punjab.
Dead federalism, clear plot.
– Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 14, 2021
The transport jibe comes after an Interior Ministry order last night that BSF jurisdiction in three states – Punjab, Bengal and Assam – will now include all areas within 50 km of the international border.
Previously, the jurisdiction of the BSF extended up to 15 km from the border.
The new order means that the BSF can search and make arrests in a larger area.
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Channi – attacked by his own party colleagues as the division within the ruling party grows – called it a “direct attack on federalism”.