Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Deb’s Wikipedia page was vandalised in the last week to claim that he was born in Bangladesh, Times of India has reported.
The report says that this editing resulted in a three-day battle of sorts between two sets of editors, which saw his place of birth oscillate between Tripura’s Gomati district and Bangladesh’s Chandpur.
The episode began on Thursday (2 August), at about 10.38 am when an edit was made to depict his place of birth as Rajdhar Nagar village in Bangladesh’s Chandpur district.
Following this, at about 1.11 pm on the same day his place of birth was reverted to Rajdhar Nagar village in Gomati district, which falls in Tripura.
The vandalism however continued, and in subsequent edits, claims were made that Deb was born a Bangladeshi who then illegally migrated to India. One edit even called him “Bangladeshi Deb”.
Finally, on Thursday evening, Wikipedia protected his page citing “persistent disruptive editing”, despite which edits kept getting made to his page.
As a result of the editing, Deb’s media adviser Sanjoy Mishra issued a statement clarifying that the Chief Minister was born on 25 November 1971 in Tripura’s Gomati district – which was known as Udaipur back then.
Mishra stated that Deb’s father had registered himself as an Indian citizen in 1967 under the citizenship act of 1955.
He also expressed his disapproval over the vandalism by asserting that Wikipedia should be better monitored.
At the time of the report’s publication, the last edit was made to Deb’s Wikipedia page on 10.07 am at 4 August, which states that he was born in Tripura, with his parents migrating from Bangladesh before his birth.
The page continues to be semi-protected which prevents edits from being made by unregistered users.
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