The Delhi Police Special Cell said on Sunday it shut down the mastermind behind the Sulli Deals app last year, which started the Muslim women’s online auction and was the inspiration behind Bulli Deals.
The accused, identified as Aumkareshwar Thakur, a resident of Newyork Township in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested after admitting he was a member of a group on Twitter. and the idea of defaming and trolling Muslim women was shared there.
“He had developed the code on GitHub. Access to GitHub was with everyone in the group. He had shared the app on his Twitter account. Photos of Muslim women were uploaded by group members,” said the deputy commissioner of police. (IFSO) said KPS Malhotra.
Police say Thakur, 26, did his BCA at IPS Academy in Indore and joined a group on Twitter by the name of Tradmahasabha in January 2020 using the handle @gangescion.
It was during a discussion within the group that the idea to auction Muslim women emerged and Thakur then created the Sulli Deals app on GitHub.
After discovering that hundreds of Muslim women were listed for “auctions” on the mobile app with unauthorized and forged photographs, and created a huge controversy, Thakur deleted the app and its social media accounts.
Although the Sulli Deals case surfaced in July last year, Delhi police have so far made no progress.
Delhi Police said last week that the Intelligence and Strategic Operations Fusion Unit (IFSCO) had received an agreement from the Center for Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) proceedings in criminal matters.
However, the breakthrough came after Delhi police arrested Neeraj Bishnoi, 21, the creator of the Bulli Deals app.
During questioning, Bishnoi admitted to police that he was in contact with the people behind the Sulli Deals app.
The Assam engineering student was sent to seven days in police custody.
Police say Bishnoi, who is very radicalized, admitted to creating the app but showed no regret for his actions.
Bishnoi had, in October, created a list of women he wanted to defame online on his digital devices, laptops and cellphones. He tracked activists all over social media and uploaded their photos.
He then created the app in November and updated it in December.
He also created several Twitter accounts from which similar messages were shared.
Police said the case was very technical in nature. With the help of CERT-In, the analysis of the raw data as well as the technical details were undertaken and the suspect was identified as being based in the Jorhat of Assam.
Shweta Singh, who was arrested by Mumbai Police from Uttarakhand, had told police she was in contact with Twitter user @ giyu44 who is based in Nepal and was receiving instructions from him.
This, according to the police, was one of the many accounts used by Bishnoi.
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