New Delhi: Neeraj Bishnoi the creator of ‘Bulli Bai App’ and the main accused in the case was used by right-wing extremists to ‘auction’ Muslim women – showed no remorse for his actions during police interrogation, sources said Friday. Rather he says that what he has done, was ‘right.’
“Neeraj Bishnoi, arrested from Assam by Delhi Police Special Cell’s IFSO team, is the main conspirator and creator of ‘Bulli Bai’ on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app,” K P S Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit, told the media.
On the same day he was presented in the court, and has been sent to seven days’ police custody.
Sources today said Bishnoi, a resident of Assam, had been tracked down via digital surveillance of a Twitter handle – @bullibai_ – that he created, and which has now been suspended.
The GitHub has blocked the app, and the app has now been deleted.
As per the sources, interrogation so far has revealed the app was actually developed in November and it went public on December 31, at which time another Twitter handle – @sage0x1 was created to spread the word.
The currently active handle, contains multiple tweets of an abusive nature and a pinned tweet with a collection of screenshots taunting police over their arrests, as well as a ‘confession’.
“You have arrested the wrong person, slumbai police… I am the creator of #BulliBaiApp… Got nothing to do with the two innocents whom u arrested, release them asap…” the tweet reads. It was posted at 10.42 am on Wednesday, a day after 19-year-old Shweta Singh was arrested.
Bishnoi reportedly also created a @giyu44 handle that he used to mock Mumbai Police – he referred to them as “slumbai police” – after they announced the three earlier arrests.
Until now four arrests have been made in the case, i.e. Neeraj Bishnoi, Mayank Rawal, Shweta Singh, and Vishal Kumar Jha.
As per Mumbai Police, Singh is the mastermind of the ‘Bulli Bai App.’He is the “mastermind” in a case that has triggered widespread outrage over the vile targeting of Muslim women journalists and activists online.
Sources have said a direct link between Singh, who is from Uttarakhand and has been described by police as ‘the brain behind the app’, and Bishnoi is unclear at this time.
Authorities believe the two, however, were in contact via social media.
That this is the second time in less than a year – after the shocking ‘Sulli deals’ – Muslim women have been so attacked only adds to concern over the level of hatred shared online, apparently with little pushback from authorities, against women and minority communities.
‘Sulli’ is a derogatory slang word used by the right-wing against Muslim women in India.
The app is a clone of ‘Sulli Deals.’
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