‘Police have greater role in border management’

‘Police have greater role in border management’
File photo of India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

Hyderabad, Nov 12: Besides maintaining law and order, police forces have a greater role in border management spanning over 15,000 km covering Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh with which India has security-related issues, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Friday.

Speaking at the passing out parade of the 73rd batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here, Doval said India’s sovereignty goes as far as the last police station’s jurisdiction from the coastal areas to the border areas.

Doval’s observation came a day after the Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution against the Centre’s notification that extended the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force, calling it an “insult” to the state police and seeking its withdrawal.

The Union government had last month amended the BSF Act to authorise the border guarding force to undertake search, seizure and arrest within a 50 km stretch, up from the existing 15 km, from the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.

He further said maintaining law and order in every part of the 32 lakh sq km of India is the responsibility of police forces.

“Not only the policing about which you (IPS officers) have been trained well. But it will extend. You will be responsible for border management of this country. 15,000 km of the border, most of it has got peculiar problems of its own,” he added.

“There is a border with Pakistan or China or Myanmar or Bangladesh. We have got different types of security related issues which are manned by the police and the central police organisations which are manning these borders,” Doval said.

Wars have ceased to become an effective instrument giving their political and military objective even as they are unaffordable, uncertain about their outcome, he said, adding it is the civil society that can be subverted, divided and manipulated “to hurt the interest of the nation,” with new frontiers of war, he said.

“If the internal security fails, no country can be great. If people are not secure, people are not safe, they cannot rise to the potential and probably the country will never grow,” he further said.

According to him, the strength of the police force in the country is 21 lakh and so far 35,480 personnel have sacrificed their lives.

“We would also like to remember those 40 IPS officers who were martyred,” Doval said without elaborating the details.

The national security advisor said India, which will usher in a new era as it moves towards 100th year of independence, will be known for its many achievements and accomplishments and will be one of the leading nations across the globe.

“You all will see the 100th year of the India’s independence and beyond. It will be a different India at that time. India is on the march and you will see that you will be leading...It will be a country that will be known for its many achievements and many accomplishments. It will be one of the lead nations. What we have achieved in the last few years is a beckoner to the direction in which the country is moving,” he said.

Quintessence of democracy does not lie in the ballot box, but it lies in the laws which are made by the people who are elected by or elected through the electoral process, Doval said.

“Laws are not as good as they are made. No nation can be built where rule of law has failed. People cannot feel safe and secure where law enforcers are weak, corrupt, partisan,” he maintained.

Police have to work closely with other organisations for which they require a mental attitude together to serve the nation, he said.

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