Delhi Police Cyber Cell has summoned an 18-year-old man from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to join the investigation after it was discovered he allegedly started a group on the Clubhouse app, where several users reportedly made disparaging remarks against Muslim women.
On Saturday, Delhi police said they identified the user ID – Bismillah as Rahul Kapoor, a graduate student, whose father works as an accountant at the Army Public School, Lucknow Cantt. “He was found and during questioning he revealed that Sallos had asked him to create an audio chat room at the Clubhouse. He created a chat room and handed over the moderator key to Sallos. We seized his mobile phone and served him a calling card. He is joining the investigation in Delhi on Saturday night,” a senior police official said.
Police teams have been sent to four states to interview others in connection with the case, sources said.
The discussion was recorded and shared online, prompting the Delhi Commission for Women to write to the police demanding action.
A senior Cyber Cell officer said, “A team went to Kapoor’s house late at night. He used a fake ID on the app and created the group where he and 4-5 others made vulgar and obscene comments against Muslim women.
Cybercell officials said they sent notices to the US-based company for details of the group’s users/organizers, and to the Google Play Store to “vet” those apps. An FIR under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) and 354 A ( sexual harassment) was recorded in the question.
As The Indian Express reported, Delhi police had previously identified 4-5 suspects as the group’s ‘key speakers’. Acting on a separate complaint about the same group, the Mumbai Police Criminal Branch arrested three people – Akash Suyal (19), Jaishnav Kakkar (21) and Yash Parashar (22) from Haryana.
When contacted, a Clubhouse spokesperson said: “There is absolutely no room for hate or abuse on the platform. We invest significantly in the safety of our community and take prompt action against any violation of our policies… If and when a violation of our Community Guidelines is reported and confirmed, prompt action is taken i.e. suspended or permanently removed from the platform, depending on the severity. of the incident. In this case, the room was reported and those involved in the organization were quickly put into action…”