New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the centre and the Election Commission of India on a plea seeking that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be updated to include Tripura.

The plea by the Tripura People’s Front was heard by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who tagged the case to be heard along with a similar case. The petition emphasized the need for updating the NRC for Tripura, saying that it was necessary to identify and deport illegal immigrants living in the state.

The petitioners prayed for a direction from the court to authorities concerned to update the NRC. They also sought fencing of the Tripura-Bangladesh border to prevent influx of illegal immigrants.

The NRC is a list of Indian citizens of Assam. It was prepared in 1951, following the census of that year.

The NRC in Assam was updated under the Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to the rules framed in the Assam Accord, to wean out illegal migrants from Bangladesh following a Supreme Court order of 2013.

The process of filing claims and objections with regard to the NRC released by Assam was flagged off on 25 September and will continue till 23 November. About 28.9 million of the 32.9 million applicants were included in the final draft of the NRC released on 30 July.

People who had been excluded from the final draft, including 248,000 classified as “doubtful voters", can file their claims for inclusion in the NRC.

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