The ‘Sulli Deals’ app, which was launched last year, had listed Muslim women for ‘auction’ with unapproved and manipulated images.
Delhi Police today arrested a man from Madhya Pradesh, who is the alleged creator of the ‘Sulli Deals’ application. This is the first arrest in the “Sulli Deals” app case.
The app, which was launched last year, listed Muslim women for ‘auction’ whose photographs were taken without permission and tampered with.
The ‘Sulli Deal’ and the recently created ‘Bulli Bai’ application allegedly uploaded pictures of Muslim women without their consent and made inappropriate remarks against them. Both the apps used the hosting platform ‘GitHub’ to auction the stolen photos.
The accused Omkareshwar Thakur was arrested by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) of Delhi Police in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
KPS Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations Unit of Delhi Police Special Cell said, “Om Thakur has been arrested from Indore. He is the main mastermind of the Sully Deal app case.”
Thakur, 26, has done BCA from IPS Academy in Indore and is a resident of New York City township.
Police said Thakur developed the code for ‘Sulli Deal’ on GitHub and shared the app on Twitter.
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In January 2020, Thakur had joined a group called ‘Vyapar Mahasabha’ using the Twitter handle ‘Gangsian’. Police said members of the group often discussed how to troll Muslim women.
After the ‘Sulli Deals’ application was created, members of this Twitter group allegedly uploaded pictures of several Muslim women, including prominent personalities.
Recently, after the app made headlines, Thakur had deleted all his social media accounts. The police is interrogating him and checking the gadgets found with him.
The police identified and arrested Thakur on the basis of information obtained during the interrogation of Neeraj Bishnoi, the creator of the ‘Bulli Bai’ app. Apart from Bishnoi, three other accused have also been arrested in the Bulli Bai app case.