Just when Indians were swelling with pride on giving a tough competition to Chinese app, TikTok and tapping into PM Modi’s vocal for local suggestion, seems like the bubble has been popped at the height of Mitron App’s popularity and speedy downloads. Crossing 5 million downloads within one month of launch on Google Play Store, the Indian rival was claimed to have been developed by IIT Roorkee’s student Shivank Agarwal and was said to have been named after PM Modi used the term ‘Mitron’ which translates to friends in Hindi, in several of his speeches to Indians. Also Read - PM Modi Meets President Kovind, Briefs Him on Issues of 'National And International' Importance

In an interview with News18, Irfan Sheikh, founder and chief executive of Pakistani software developer company Qboxus, said, “We expect our customers to use our code and build something on their own. But Mitron’s developer has taken our exact product, changed the logo and uploaded it on their store. There is no problem with what the developer has done. He paid for the script and used it, which is okay. But, the problem is with people referring to it as an Indian-made app, which is not true especially because they have not made any changes.” Also Read - India Only 399 Short of Russia to Become World's Third Worst-Hit Nation After Single-Day Spike of 24,850 Fresh Coronavirus Cases

Confirming that the app was sold by his company to Mitron for $34 on CodeCanyon, which is about Rs 2,600, Sheikh asserted that Mitron did not opt for the option to host user data on their server which Qboxus offers. He revealed that Mitron instead chose to host their user data on their own server. Also Read - COVID-19: 613 Fatalities, Nearly 25,000 Cases in Last 24 Hours; Total Tally Crosses 6.7 Lakh-Mark; Deaths Inch Towards 20k

The promoter behind the Mitron app, ShopKiller e-Commerce, told the news agency in an email response, “We want to work in stealth mode, and didn’t want people to know us by our name. I found (the article) a little disappointing. I would have liked you to appreciate the fact that we are working hard on the app, and the reason for developing the app was just to give a ‘Make In India’ alternative to people.”

Mitron has reportedly been getting over 5 lakh downloads per day on an average even though it was not available on iOS. Interestingly, the Mitron App’s user interface looked quite similar to that of TikTok’s along with the content which has videos with the TikTok logo on them. The app’s high ratings said, “Lots of bugs. Missing tons of features. Supporting as its Indian.”