'Bulli Bai' case: Police arrests mastermind

Bulli Bai case: Police arrests mastermind
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Accused identifed as Neeraj Bishnoi, one of the main conspirator in the 'Bulli Bai' case, after being arrested by Delhi Police from Assam, in New Delhi on Thursday

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New Delhi/Guwahati: An engineering student believed to be the 'mastermind' and creator of the 'Bulli Bai' app was arrested on Thursday from Jorhat in A...

New Delhi/Guwahati: An engineering student believed to be the "mastermind" and creator of the "Bulli Bai" app was arrested on Thursday from Jorhat in Assam and brought to the national capital where he confessed his role, Delhi Police officials said. Niraj Bishnoi, 21, is the fourth person to be arrested for their alleged involvement in the app that has listed hundreds of Muslim women for "auction".

The other three, nabbed by Mumbai Police, include a 19-year-old woman from Uttarakhand, also alleged to be a prime accused in the case. Bishnoi, a resident of Jorhat who studies in Bhopal, is the creator of the "Bulli Bai" app on the platform GitHub as well as the main Twitter account holder of "Bulli Bai", police said.

He was arrested by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police. "He is the mastermind and the person who had created this application on Github. He has confessed about the creation of the application… forensic remnants of the creation have been found in his laptop. He has been brought to Delhi and will be produced in court today (Thursday) for police custody and further investigation," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, IFSO, K P S Malhotra.

"He was arrested early Thursday morning from Jorhat," the DCP said, adding that IFSO worked out the case using technical analysis, IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Records) and other gateways. Bishnoi is a second year B Tech student at the Vellore Institute of Technology in the Madhya Pradesh capital, the DCP said. An Assam Police officer said the operation to arrest him lasted about 12 hours. The arrest took place within hours of information being shared by Delhi Police, a senior officer said.

The three arrests made by the cyber cell of Mumbai Police are Uttarakhand teen Shweta Singh, who has passed her Class 12 exam and is planning to study engineering, 21-year-old Mayank Rawal, also from Uttarakhand, and Bengaluru-based Vishal Kumar Jha, a second-year engineering student like Bishnoi and aged 21 too. According to a senior Mumbai Police officer, Singh is a prime accused who had created the Twitter handle of the app.

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