- The app was hosted on US-based GitHub on December 31. Doctored photos of at least 100 Muslim women, along with lewd remarks and comments, were posted online.
VIRAL NEWS- An engineering student believed to be the “mastermind” and creator of the Bulli Bai app was arrested on Thursday from Jorhat in Assam and brought to the national capital where he confessed to his role, Delhi Police officials said.
Niraj Bishnoi (21) is the fourth person to be arrested for alleged involvement in the app that has listed hundreds of Muslim women for “auction”. Bishnoi, a resident of Jorhat, is the creator of the app on the platform GitHub as well as the main Twitter account holder of Bulli Bai, the police said. He is a second-year BTech student at the Vellore Institute of Technology in Bhopal.
Bishnoi was picked up from his residence in Jorhat by a Delhi Police team led by DCP (Cyber Cell) K P S Malhotra. He was brought to Delhi, where he was formally arrested. He has been sent to police custody for seven days.
This is the fourth arrest in the case. Earlier this week, Mumbai Police arrested Vishal Kumar Jha, a 21-year-old engineering student, from Bengaluru, and two others — Mayank Rawat, a 21-year-old Delhi University student, and Shweta Singh, 19 — from Uttarakhand.
The app was hosted on US-based GitHub on December 31. Doctored photos of at least 100 Muslim women, along with lewd remarks and comments, were posted online. On January 2, separate FIRs were registered in Delhi and Mumbai, based on complaints by women who were among those targeted.
According to police, Bishnoi confessed that he had created the app on GitHub, and was also behind two Twitter handles @bullibai_ and @Sage0x1. “He developed the app in November and updated it again in December last year. The Twitter account was created on December 31. Another Twitter account, @Sage0x1, was used by him to tweet about the app. He was continuously monitoring the news on social media,”.
In Delhi, a case has been registered under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) against unknown persons who developed the app and some Twitter handles that disseminated its content.