Agartala, April 28, 2019
A police constable posted in North Tripura district was arrested on April 28th, 2019 for posting ‘objectionable’ content against the state’s Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on social networking site Facebook, officials said.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Puneet Rastogi said as quoted in The Indian Express, “He uploaded something objectionable on his Facebook account. A case was registered against him and he was arrested.”
Earlier on April 28th, 2019, a document purportedly about a divorce suit filed against Deb by his wife went viral on social media. The rumour was later busted as the CM’s wife Niti Deb said it was a ‘dirty rumour’ spread to earn brownie points in politics.
An FIR was filed against one Anupam Paul, a Facebook user, for allegedly spreading the rumour. He was charged with forgery, defamation and criminal conspiracy. However, the accused is still at loose.
On the other hand, a freelance journalist was arrested on April 28th, 2019 in connection with a fake news campaign suggesting Deb was headed for divorce. Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Subrata Chakraborty informed that Saikat Talapatra was arrested at the West Agartala Police Station after he was found to be connected to Paul, as reported by The Indian Express.