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New Delhi: The Delhi police have arrested a man believed to be the creator of the “Sulli Deals” app from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, officials said on Sunday.
This is the first arrest made in the “Sulli Deals” app case, police said. Hundreds of Muslim women were listed for “auction” on the mobile application, accompanied by photographs that were sourced without permission and doctored.
The accused, Aumkareshwar Thakur (26), did his BCA from IPS Academy in Indore and is a resident of Newyork City Township, they said.
Deputy commissioner of police (IFSO) K.P.S. Malhotra said, “During preliminary interrogation, the accused admitted that he was a member of a group on Twitter and the idea to defame and troll Muslim women was shared there.”
“He had developed the code on GitHub. The access to GitHub was shared with all the members of the group. He had shared the app on his Twitter account. The photos of the Muslim women were uploaded by the group members,” the officer said.
The ‘Sulli Deals’ case has returned to the news recently after another similar app on GitHub, ‘Bulli Bai’, emerged. The Mumbai police has been actively following up on that case. The alleged ‘mastermind’ behind Bulli Bai, Neeraj Bishnoi, was arrested by the Delhi police on January 6.
Bishnoi was the fourth person to be arrested for their alleged involvement in the Bulli Bai case. The other three, nabbed by the Mumbai police’s cyber division, include Vishal Kumar Jha (21), an engineering student from Bengaluru; Shweta Singh (18) from Uttarakhand who the Mumbai cops said is the ‘main culprit’; and Mayank Rawal (21), a Chemistry (Hons) student at Zakir Hussain College in Delhi, also a resident of Uttarakhand.
(With PTI inputs)