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‘No remorse, did the right thing’: Right-wing extremist behind Bulli Bai App tells police

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New Delhi: The main accused behind the ‘Bulli Bai’ app used by right-wing extremists to ‘auction’ Muslim women showed “no remorse” for his actions during police interrogation, NDTV reported quoting sources on Friday.

Instead, the accused Neeraj Bishnoi claimed to have done what he thought was “right”, the report said.

Bishnoi, 21, and a second-year BTech student from an institute in Bhopal, was arrested by Delhi Police from Assam’s Jorhat district yesterday.

Officials told NDTV they had recovered the device used to create the app that was hosted on GitHub, a Microsoft-owned software-sharing platform.

He was presented in court on the same day and sent to seven days police custody.

As per the report, 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 app itself has now been deleted, after GitHub initially only blocked it.

The report quoting sources further said that interrogation so far had 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.

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.

That handle, which remains active, 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.

Pertinently, Bishnoi is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ app, following those of Mayank Rawal, 21; Shweta Singh; and Vishal Kumar Jha.

Mumbai Police have described Singh as the “mastermind” in a case that has triggered widespread outrage over the vile targeting of Muslim women journalists and activists online.

 

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