Aumkareshwar Thakur, who is accused of creating the Sulli Deals app, has confessed that he got the idea to create the app from a ‘trad’ group on Twitter.
Aumkareshwar Thakur, the man accused of creating the Sulli Deals app on GitHub, has revealed to the police that he got the idea to create the app from a ‘trad’ group on Twitter.
Delhi Police’s IFSO (Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations) unit arrested Aumkareshwar Thakur from Indore. His arrest came following a tip-off by the alleged creator of Bulli Bai app Niraj Bishnoi, who revealed during the investigation that he was in touch with Aumkareshwar Thakur.
In the preliminary interrogation, Aumkareshwar Thakur confessed that he was part of a ‘trad’ group on Twitter where the idea to target and defame Muslim women was planted.
According to the police, Aumkareshwar Thakur had joined the ‘trad’ group named ‘Treadmahasabha’ in January 2020 using Twitter handle @gangescion.
Trad, which is a short form for ‘traditionalists’, is used on Twitter to define the purists from a certain ideology. Recently, the terminology has become popular in the context of the Bulli Bai and Sulli Deals cases, where photos of several Muslim women were uploaded on apps without their consent for a virtual “auction”.
As per sources inside Delhi Police’s Cyber Unit that keeps close watch on social media, some of the trad accounts they monitored during the investigation were found to be engaging in online harassment and hate speech.
After the outrage in the Sulli Deals case, Aumkareshwar Thakur had deleted all his social media footprints.
Niraj Bishnoi, the main accused in the Bulli Bai case, also identified himself as a ‘trad’ in the alleged tweet he directed to taunt and challenge law enforcement agencies.
Delhi Police’s investigation in both the cases, headed by DCP IFSO Unit KPS Malhotra, is still going on to further analyse the technical gadget and to find out the codes/images related to the Sulli Deals app.