The accused, Anupam Paul, had previously worked in the BJP Tripura’s IT cell during the assembly elections in 2018 Credit: Facebook

Agartala: After over a month and a half, on Wednesday, Tripura police tracked down Anupam Paul, a social media user, who was booked on charges of defaming and criminal conspiracy against Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

A case was registered against Paul on April 26 for posting inappropriate content on social media against the CM and his wife Niti Deb, and since then, he was on the run.

Niti Deb had taken to social media and rubbished all such claims.

The police received a tip-off about Paul being in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi from a source, following which a special team of Tripura police was sent to the national capital to arrest him, inspector general of police (crime branch) Puneet Rastogi said.

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“Paul was arrested on Wednesday from Chandni Chowk area. We have requested in a local court to bring him to Tripura on transit remand for investigation,” IGP Rastogi informed.

Asked if any other person was engaged with Paul and helped him, the IGP said, as per the latest information, he was alone in his journey.

“We can confirm further details only after we start the interrogation on him”, he said.

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb with wife Niti Deb

Paul is a resident of Jatanbari village in Gomati district, 98 km from Agartala, the capital city of Tripura. He had previously worked in the BJP Tripura IT cell during the assembly elections in 2018.

Earlier, Saikat Talapatra was arrested from Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport while trying to leave the state on April 28. He was detained on charges of defamation and criminal conspiracy against the CM and his family members by sharing the fake news with objectionable content.

On May 1, Tripura Congress state vice-president Tapas Dey was also booked for sharing fake news about the chief minister’s divorce suit on social media.

Reacting to the issue, Dey had told EastMojo that it was ridiculous and people know that the police are working on orders of the ruling leaders.

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“I have spoken with DIG Nath over the phone and have accepted that I have shared the news with my friends. The official has told me about an FIR against me and that too for sharing it within the media groups for getting it confirmed,” Dey said.

Three persons have been arrested so far including one police constable and a journalist, for sharing fake news over social media. Both the constable and journalists were granted bail later from the court.

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