PATNA: Opposition members on Friday disrupted the post-lunch session of the state assembly as they entered the well, shouting slogans and demanding withdrawal of the proposed Bihar Special Armed Police (BSAP) Bill, 2021, which they described as a “black law”.
The proposed Bill will be taken up in the House for amendments on March 23. On Friday, the members of the House had been provided advance copies, so that they could submit the amendments to the assembly secretariat for discussion on March 23.
Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha adjourned the House till Tuesday within 20 minutes of the sitting.
The BSAP Bill, 2021, proposes that the government will constitute a new Bihar special armed police whose personnel and officials will be deployed to protect industrial units, important institutions, airport and metro rail on the pattern of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or other paramilitary forces of the Centre.
The proposed Bill defines the functions and powers of BSAP. Besides, the sections also have bearing on the regulation of the activities of the BSAP personnel and officials, both when on duty and off duty.
The opposition members feared that the powers given to the newly formed Bihar Special Armed Police force through the proposed BSAP Bill, 2021, will lead to its misuse.
They took strong exception to the Section 7 of the proposed Bill, which give special powers to the newly constituted police force, whereby they can arrest any person without warrant on mere suspicion of the likely threat to an installation from the person concerned.
The ruckus began as soon as the House met to consider proposals pertaining to non-government resolutions from members of the House for the consideration of the government.