New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking implementation of the national register for citizens (NRC) in Tripura to identify illegal immigrants in the State.

A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph considered the petition filed by Tripura People’s Front seeking registration of citizens of Tripura in the NRC to identify illegal immigrants.

The petition filed by Tripura People’s Front contend that there has been a huge uncontrolled influx of immigrants from Bangladesh over past five decades, which has changed the demographics of the state. It is stated that Tripura, which was predominantly a tribal State, has become a non-tribal-state following such influx, making the original inhabitants a minority.

The petition seeks to update the National Register of Citizens as with respect to the State of Tripura in terms of Rules 3 and 4 of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of  National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 by taking 19/07/1948 as the cut-off date as provided for in Article 6 of the Constitution of India.

The Centre had on 30 July published a second draft NRC list of Assam in which out of 3.29 crore people, names of 2.89 crore were included. The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January.

Assam, which has faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.