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A team of Delhi Police arrested 20-year-old Neeraj Bishnoi – an engineering student, who is said to be the main conspirator and creator of the Bulli Bai on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app from Assam’s Jorhat district on January 5 night.

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Neeraj Bishnoi, a resident of Digambar Chowk area in Jorhat town, is a second-year BTech computer science student at Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal.

A top official of Assam Police said that, during the preliminary interrogation, Neeraj confessed that, he was the creator of Bulli Bai on GitHub.

“Various information found from his laptop and Delhi Police have already seized his laptop and a mobile phone,” the police officer said.

According to the reports, a three-member team of Delhi Police on January 5 night around 11 pm reached at Neeraj’s home at Digabar Chowk area in Jorhat and arrested him.

Meanwhile, Neeraj’s father Dasrath Bishnoi, who is a shopkeeper, claimed that his son is innocent and he believes that his son can’t do any wrong work.

“My son had passed Class 10 examination with 86 per cent marks from St. Mary’s School in Jorhat and he got a laptop provided by the state government. Our economic condition is not so good and we can’t afford to buy any computer for my son. He was busy with his laptop for most of times till 11 pm every day. Neeraj got admission at Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal in 2019, but since then he was appearing his classes through online from home. He never talked with other neighbouring persons. He was only busy with his studies. He secured 82 per cent in Class 12 examination,” Neeraj’s father said.

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“Neeraj Bishnoi, arrested from Assam by Delhi Police Special Cell’s IFSO team, is the main conspirator and creator of ‘Bulli Bai’ on GitHub and the main Twitter account holder of the app,” KPS Malhotra, deputy commissioner of police, intelligence fusion and strategic operations (IFSO) unit at Delhi Police had told the media on January 6.

This is the fourth arrest in the Bulli Bai app case that had sparked an uproar after prominent Muslim women journalists, lawyers and activists known to be vocal on social and political issues were targeted in the disgusting ‘auction’. As part of the ‘auction’, doctored photographs of the targets, who spanned age groups, were put up on social media networks through the Bulli Bai app.

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Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.

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