There were reports in some media outlets including Malayala Manorama, a leading newspaper in Kerala, that the wife of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has filed cases alleging domestic violence against him and seeking divorce, before Delhi’s Tis Hazari court.

The CM’s wife Niti Deb had denied the rumors with a strongly worded facebook post saying that the  “rumours have no mouth, only dirty, filthy and sick minds generate for cheap publicity and mileage, and importantly when paid high for spreading such dirty rumours to gain political advantage against influential people … otherwise who will follow these culprits.”  She had alleged that the rumors were aimed at “tarnishing” her image and urged people to “boycott” rumour mongers. The Chief Minister had described the post as a “deep-rooted conspiracy” to tarnish his image.

Facebook post of Niti Deb

On Sunday, Saikat Talapatra, a journalist and Jamal Hossain, a police constable were arrested by Dharma Nagar police for sharing a Facebook post of one Anupam Paul claiming that Biplab Deb’s wife had filed for divorce. Saikat Talapatra has worked with several TV channels before starting freelance work in 2018. Jamal Hossain is serving as the personal guard of CPI (M) MLA Islam Uddin from Kadamtala-Kurti assembly constituency in North Tripura district. According to Police, there are some more persons on their radar.

The fake news campaign was started by Anupam Paul who posted ‘forged’ divorce papers on Facebook on Friday. This was picked up by a Bengali News portal that reported domestic violence as the basis of the divorce case. Advocate Ashwani Jha, whose name was mentioned in the Facebook post, clarified that the divorce papers were that of a man who resides in Delhi and that the case had no connection with the Tripura Chief Minister.

The West Agarthala Police has registered case Nos. 83 and 84 of 2019.  Saikat Talapatra was produced in the court on Monday and the court has sent him to police custody for three days and Jamal Hossain has been released on bail.

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