BSF personnel touch women inappropriately during checks: TMC MLA Udayan Guha

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The Dinhata MLA further said that no matter how much the personnel chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, they were not patriotic. This statement was made during a discourse on the Centre’s decision to extend the BSF’s jurisdiction up to 50km inside the international border

Prior in the month of October, the Centre had empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.

“BSF is a professional force that has always performed the mandated duties by adhering to the rules and regulations. BSF Mahila Praharis are the ones who do frisking of females. The allegations of inappropriately touching women by BSF personnel are utterly baseless,” the BSF officer was quoted as saying. As a matter of fact, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been given the authority to expand its jurisdiction up to 50km without any impediments or permission either from central or state governments.

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