'Bulli Bai' app creator Neeraj Bishnoi sent to 7-day police custody


'Bulli Bai' app creator Neeraj Bishnoi sent to 7-day police custody

New Delhi, January 7, 2022

A local court has sent engineering student and "Bulli Bai" app creator Neeraj Bishnoi, who was arrested by the Delhi Police from Assam for creating a platform for defaming women of a particular community, to seven days in police custody.

Bishnoi, who is said to be the main conspirator and creator of Bulli Bai on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app was arrested by IFSO (Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations unit) of the Special Cell of Delhi Police.

The Delhi Police had sought seven days' custody of Bishnoi, who was produced before the deputy magistrate's house on Thursday.

Accordingly, the magistrate allowed the police for his custody for a week. The accused was held from Assam by a team of IFSO led by DCP K. P. S. Malhotra.

He is a resident of the Jorhat village of Assam and is a second-year B.Tech. (Computer Science) of Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal.

According to police, Bishnoi had, in October, created a list of women whom he wanted to defame online on his digital devices, a laptop and cell phones. He was tracing women activists all over social media and downloading their photos.

On January 1, this app posted photos of a number of women of a particular religion. They included journalists, social workers, students, and famous personalities. It happened six months after the controversy of Sulli Deals.

Vishal Kumar Jha, an engineering student, was one of the followers of Bulli Bai, which led the police to him.

Hosting platform Github had provided space to Sulli Deals, and the Bulli Bai app too was created on it. Later, after the controversy erupted, Github removed the user Bulli Bai from its platform. But by then it had sparked a nationwide controversy.

The app was also being promoted by a Twitter handle with the name @bullibai, with the display picture of a Khalistani supporter.

"The Twitter account was created on December 31. He further disclosed that he had also created one more Twitter account @Sage0x1 for tweeting about the app. He was continuously monitoring the news on social media. He had created yet another Twitter account with the name of @giyu44," said Malhotra.

Bishnoi had also mocked the Mumbai Police, which had begun investigations and made a couple of arrests, to not "arrest innocent people", through these Twitter accounts.

Meanwhile, VIT, Bhopal has suspended Bishnoi, 20, from the college after receiving the news of his arrest.

"Niraj Bishnoi, studying B.Tech since September 2022 via online, has been arrested by Delhi police in connection with his alleged involvement in 'Bulli Bai' app case. Accordingly, he (Bishnoi) is suspended with immediate effect from the University until further notice, in view of bringing disrepute to the University and defaming the name of the institute," a notice issued by the Vice-Chancellor of VIT said.


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