A man believed to be the creator of the Sulli Deals app was arrested by the Delhi Police in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, officials said on 9 January. The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Aumkareshwar Thakur did his BCA from IPS Academy in Indore and is a resident of Newyork City Township, officials said. Commenting on the arrest, Deputy Commissioner of Police (IFSO) KPS Malhotra said during preliminary interrogation, the accused admitted that he was a member of a group on Twitter and the idea to defame and troll Muslim women was shared there.
“He had developed the code on GitHub. The access of GitHub was with all the members of the group. He had shared the app on his Twitter account. The photos of the Muslim women were uploaded by the group members,” the officer said.
The Indore police on Sunday said their Delhi counterparts have not shared any information with them about the arrest made in connection with the Sulli Deals app.
“We have come to know only from the media about the arrest of Aumkareshwar Thakur from Indore by Delhi Police. The Delhi Police have not shared any official information with us in this regard so far,” Indore Police Commissioner Harinarayanchari Mishra said.
Hundreds of Muslim women were allegedly listed for “auction” on the mobile application with photographs sourced without permission and doctored. The photos of the Muslim women were uploaded by the group members, an official said.
According to police, Niraj Bishnoi, the alleged mastermind and creator of the Bulli Bai application, had disclosed during interrogation that he was in touch with the person behind the Twitter handle, the alleged creator of the Sulli Deals app that was hosted on GitHub in July last year.