MUMBAI cyber police have detained a woman, believed to be the main accused in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, from Uttarakhand and also arrested an engineering student from Bengaluru in the case, officials said on Tuesday. Police had earlier filed a first information report (FIR) against unidentified persons following complaints that photographs of Muslim women were uploaded for ‘auction’ on the app hosted by GitHub platform. In this connection, a team of the Mumbai cyber police detained a woman from Uttarakhand, an official said, adding that she was the main accused.
The official, however, refused to divulge any further details. A crime branch team is in Uttarakhand and the woman’s questioning is on, he said. She will be produced before a court there for transit remand and will then be brought to Mumbai, he said. Earlier, the cyber police also arrested a 21-year-old engineering student, identified as Vishal Kumar, from Bengaluru in connection with the case, the official said. Both the persons are known to each other, the official said, adding that further probe into the case is underway. TheMumbaicyberpolicestation had also registered a case againsttheappdevelopersand Twitter handles that promoted the app.
A local court remanded the student in Mumbai Police’s custody till January 10. HundredsofMuslimwomen were listed for ‘auction’ on the ‘BulliBai’appwithphotographs sourced without permission and doctored.It has happened forthe secondtime inless than a year. The app appeared to be acloneofSulliDealswhichtriggered a similar row last year. Amid outrage over Muslim womenbeingtargetedthrough thedodgy app, theDelhiPolice had sought details from the GitHub platform about the developer of the ‘Bulli Bai’ mobile application and asked Twitter to block and remove related“offensive contents” on itsplatform.Thepolicehadalso sought from Twitter informationabouttheaccounthandler whofirsttweetedabouttheapp. Leadersfromacrossthepolitical spectrum condemned the cyber harassment of women belongingtotheminoritycommunity and called for strict action against the guilty. Termingthematter“serious”, the Delhi Minorities Commission had issued a noticetocitypolicechiefRakesh Asthana.