Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura leader Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl

Agartala: Close to two months after the Tripura People’s Front (TPF) filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) seeking the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura — on the lines of the one being updated in neighouring Assam to identify illegal migrants — the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) on Monday announced that it will file a similar petition in the apex court.

Revealing this to EastMojo, INPT leader Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl said that the SC has fixed October 27 and 28 for hearing of the petition.

Without naming any organisation, Hrangkhawl also confirmed that there would be several other parties along with INPT filing the petition in SC.

On August 28, TPF president Patal Kanya Jamatia had filed a case in the apex court seeking NRC revision in Tripura. Earlier, Pradyot Debbarman, working president of the Tripura Pradesh Congress, was also reported as saying by media reports that he will file a petition in the SC for NRC in state.

Meanwhile, BJP state chief spokesperson Ashok Sinha told EastMojo that India is a democratic country and anybody can move the court. “But it is up to the court to decide what is required and in what is not,” he said. He added that some parties are proceeding with the filing of petitions with some intention but the BJP government has no problem even if NRC is implemented in the state.

“People who have illegally migrated into India must be punished. At the same time, I don’t understand why NRC is being only implemented in Assam and not in Delhi where a large number of people have migrated from Bangladesh to the slums of the country’s capital,” Sinha said.

He added: “If NRC is done only in Tripura, then it appears to be against a particular community, so I believe that NRC should be implemented across the states in India.”

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