Wikipedia 'claims' denied

The Tripura government on Monday denied that chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb was born in Bangladesh and asserted he was born in Tripura, contrary to the entry on his Wikipedia page.

By TANMOY CHAKRABORTY in Agartala
  • Published 7.08.18
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Biplab Kumar Deb

Agartala: The Tripura government on Monday denied that chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb was born in Bangladesh and asserted he was born in Tripura, contrary to the entry on his Wikipedia page.

After repeated edits on Deb's Wikipedia page, the entry now reads, "Biplab Deb was born on 25 November 1971 in Udaipur, Gomati district, Tripura."

The citizenship certificate of Deb's father, Hirudhan Deb, which was made available here on Monday, shows he (Deb's father) was a citizen of India since June 27, 1967, and a resident of Udaipur.

Speaking to reporters, media adviser to the chief minister, Sanjoy Mishra, said, "We have noticed that on August 2 some invalid facts were generated on the Wikipedia profile page of chief minister Deb. It was a harmful attempt and it was totally wrong information."

He said the government believes in freedom of real media and social media.

"But what we want is that the social media platform providers should adopt a self-regulatory mechanism to stop such malicious activities. We have also observed that there were several attempts on social media to criticise his good image," Mishra said.

"This is not first time that Deb has faced this type of situation. This has happened to him earlier as well," Mishra said.