Members of TIPRA addressing a press conference in Agartala on Thursday

Agartala: A day after Supreme Court ordered to hear the matter of Tripura and Assam separately over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, the members of The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) expressed their gratitude towards the apex court in Agartala on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference, a member of TIPRA, Ranjit Debbarma, said that the Supreme Court on Wednesday after hearing the case of CAA has ordered the Centre to reply in four weeks’ time.

“The chairman of TIPRA and royal scion Pradyot Deb Barman has mentioned about the instrument of accession signed on August 13, 1947, between the princely state Tripura and British India. The Tripura National Volunteers (TNV) accord signed on May 4, 1998, and the ATTF accord signed on 23 August 1993, with the state government said that no illegal immigrants would be allowed to stay back in Tripura”, Debbarma said.

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He also said as per the Assam Accord it is mentioned that after March 24, 1971 whoever has come from Bangladesh they would not be given citizenship. Similarly, the ATTF accord was also signed between the state government of Tripura and ATTF group in 1999.

“The video footage of the recent influx in Simna was also submitted to the Court yesterday. The court has taken note of our demands and it has decided to hear the Assam and Tripura matter separately”, Debbarma added.

As per the Inner Line Permit the state of Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh are safe from the purview of CAA but Assam and Tripura which was mostly affected by the illegal influx are not exempted from the Act, Debbarma said.

“As per the order of the Supreme Court the Centre has to reply in four weeks time and we hope that the matter may be handed over to constitution bench for further hearing”, Debbarma added.

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