- Neeraj Singh is the fifth person to be arrested in the Bulli Bai case.
- Niraj Bishnoi, Shweta Singh, Vishal Jha, and Mayank Rawat had previously been arrested in the case.
- The facts disclose that targeted women were journalists or celebrities from Muslim community.
Mumbai: The cyber police of the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old man from Odisha in connection with the case of the Bulli Bai app, which targeted Muslim women by putting up their images online for “auction”, an official said. The accused, identified as Neeraj Singh, is an MBA degree holder. He was involved in the planning of the app with the main accused, he said. “His role came to light during the interrogation of the accused who were arrested earlier, following which a team of the cyber police station was sent to Odisha and he was placed under arrest,” the official said.
Singh is being brought to Mumbai and will be produced in a court here, he said. With his arrest, the Mumbai police have so far arrested 4 persons in the case. Earlier, Shweta Singh (18) and Mayank Rawal (21) were arrested from Uttarakhand, while engineering student Vishal Kumar Jha (21) was held from Bengaluru. Neeraj Bishnoi, one of the alleged main conspirators in the Bulli Bai app case, had been arrested by Delhi police from Assam.
The Mumbai police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified persons following complaints that doctored photographs of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded for ‘auction’ on the app called `Bulli Bai’, hosted on the open-source software platform GitHub. While there was no actual `auction’ or `sale’, the purpose of the app seemed to be to humiliate and intimidate the targeted women, many of whom are active social media users.