March 22, 2023

app: BTech student held for creating hate app | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police on Thursday tracked down and arrested a 21-year-old youth from Assam’s Jorhat district, for allegedly creating the ‘Bulli Bai’ app on GitHub that enabled people to participate in online “auction” of Muslim women.
DCP (IFSO) KPS Malhotra said Niraj Bishnoi had taken admission in BTech at Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal, and was studying computer science. He was brought to Delhi and confessed to his role, police said.
Bishnoi allegedly created the app using his laptop – forensics have traced the remnants on the device – and gave it to online propagators for circulation. Police recovered list codes of people whose details were posted on the app.
Bishnoi was also running the original Twitter account which first uploaded the ‘Bulli Bai’ app details, officials said.
“With Bishnoi’s arrest, the case has been completely solved. He was the main conspirator and creator of the app on Github,” Malhotra said.
Based on a woman journalist’s complaint at cyber police station in southeast district, Delhi Police had filed an FIR under IPC sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for harassment). The woman had alleged that her photograph was uploaded from Twitter accounts like @bullibai_. Several other complaints emerged as well.
While Delhi Police sought information from Twitter about the account that first tweeted about ‘Bulli Bai’, asking it to remove offensive content, as well as from GitHub about the app developer, neither reverted.
However, Twitter suspended the accounts that tweeted about the app. Github also removed the app and blocked the user, as confirmed by Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, but didn’t share any details about the suspect. The San Francisco-based firm had not shared any details about the user with cops in a similar case of the ‘Sulli Deals’ app in which an FIR was registered on July 7 last year. Later, Delhi Police sought details from Github using the official Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) channel.
This time though, Delhi Police didn’t rely on GitHub for information and proceeded with its own technical investigation. Police commissioner Rakesh Asthana transferred the investigation to the IFSO unit and formed a special team that was led by DCP Malhotra and comprised several cyber experts.
Tracking the suspect, sources said, was tricky because a prima facie probe suggested the user had covered his tracks well using a virtual private network.
“The case was very technical in nature. With the help of CERT-IN, a raw data analysis was undertaken and the suspect’s location was identified as Jorhat,” Malhotra added.
Finally, a team comprising ACP Raman Lamba, inspectors Hansraj and Vijender and SI Neeraj conducted a raid in Digambar Chuk area and also carried out a door-to-door operation to locate the suspect’s house on Wednesday night. Bishnoi was tracked down around 11pm and taken in for questioning, sources said. His laptop and his mother’s mobile phone, which was being used by him, were seized and he was placed under arrest.
This is the fourth arrest in the case. The other three, nabbed by Mumbai Police, include Shweta Singh from Uttarakhand, alleged to be a prime accused in the case, Mayank Rawal, also from Uttarakhand, and Bengaluru-based Vishal Kumar Jha, a second-year engineering student.
Meanwhile, Vellore Institute of Technology said Bishnoi has been suspended with immediate effect.

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