The ongoing investigation into the “Sulli Deals” case has revealed that about 30 Twitter handles were misused to upload the altered photos of Muslim women for their alleged “auction,” Delhi police said yesterday.
Delhi police are trying to identify members of the group that included 26-year-old Indore youth Aumkareshwar Thakur, an official said.
They said that Thakur had deleted the contents of his laptop and that his laptop and phones along with those of Niraj Bishnoi, the creator of the “Bulli Bai” app and previously arrested by the Delhi police from Assam, have been sent to the National Forensic Science Lab have been sent. to determine its content and access details.
Pending the forensic lab report, police are trying to identify other members of the group who are abusing the Twitter handles, they said.
The accused Thakur, who is allegedly the creator of the derogatory app targeting Muslim women, from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested Saturday night, they said.
Questioning of Thakur revealed that he is an “introvert” who ran his own web design agency with clients from the US.
When his father was questioned, he told investigators they were unaware of Thakur’s actions as he slept all day and worked at night, a senior police officer said.
When questioned by his parents about his habit of staying up at night, he told them that because of the time difference between India and the US, he usually had to work all night, so they never doubted Thakur, the officer said.
Although both Thakur and Bishnoi seem to have no regrets about their activities, Thakur complained that his family was dealing with problems because of him, they said.
The suspects were part of a traditional group where discussions were held about ancient traditions, the rise and fall of Hinduism, police said.
They created several anonymous handles on Twitter and used Virtual Private Number (VPN) to use the internet to hide their identities.
Police suspect at least three to five people abused these multiple Twitter handles to post these distorted and offensive photos and further exchange comments via the alleged “Sulli Deals” app.
Thakur, who was doing his BCA from IPS Academy in Indore, was taken into custody on Saturday, days after arrests were made in connection with a similar app ”Bulli Bai”.
This is the first arrest in the Sulli Deals app case recorded in July, police said, adding that Thakur was held in pre-trial detention for four days by the court on Sunday.
Hundreds of Muslim women were listed for “auction” on the mobile application with photos obtained and edited without permission.
Deputy Police Commissioner (IFSO) KPS Malhotra had said during preliminary questioning that the accused admitted to being a member of a group on Twitter that shared the idea of defaming and trolling Muslim women.
“He had developed the code on GitHub. All members of the group had access to GitHub. 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 investigation revealed that the suspect had joined the group on Twitter in January 2020 under the name ”Tradmahasabha” with the handle @gangescion.
During several group discussions, members had discussed trolling Muslim women, police said.
He admitted that he developed the code/app on GitHub. He confessed that he created the Sullideals app and that the necessary digital footprints are being explored in his laptop and in cyberspace. After the uproar over the Sulli Deals app, he left all his footprints on social media,” the DCP had said.
During the interrogation of accused Niraj Bishnoi, 21, believed to be the creator and alleged mastermind behind the ”Bulli Bai” application, it was revealed that he interacted with various virtual identities and engaged in group discussions on social media. the police had said.
Bishnoi, who was arrested in Assam, had revealed he was in touch with the person behind the Twitter handle @sullideals, the alleged creator of the “Sulli Deals” app hosted on GitHub last July, they said. . .