Lucknow: The Delhi Police detained an 18-year-old from Lucknow in link with the controversial Clubhouse chat where people were making derogatory and abusive comments against Muslim women. The accused, Rahul Kapoor, who had registered himself with the user-ID ‘Bismillah’, was captured after the Delhi Police sent a team to Lucknow.
Kapoor has claimed that he created an audio chat room on the instructions of a person, as ‘Sallos’, and later handed him over the moderator key, Deputy Commissioner of Police KPS Malhotra said. Kapoor’s mobile phone has been seized and he will be joining the investigation in Delhi by evening.
The father of the suspect works as an accountant at an Army Public School, in Lucknow’s Cantt area.
The arrest comes a day after Mumbai Police nabbed three people from Haryana in connection with the chat. The cyber cell of the Mumbai crime branch, based on a complaint by a woman, registered a case against the three accused under sections 153(a), 295(a), 354(a), 354(d) of IPC, and section 67 of Information Technology Act 2000. The accused were identified as Akash, Jeshnav Kakkar and Yash Parashar.
“We have registered a case against a vulgar Clubhouse app chat and arrested one person from Karnal, Haryana and is taken to 3 days SIT remand. 2 other accused are picked up from Faridabad and the process for their transit remand is in progress,” Milind Bharambe, Joint CP Crime, said.
Bharambe confirmed that two chat rooms were created on the Clubhouse app, one on January 16band the other on January 16. He said that many participants were involved in making derogatory remarks about women and talking about auctioning their body parts.