The Delhi Police Cyber Cell arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru for her alleged role in spreading ‘toolkit’ related to farmers’ protest.Environmental activist Greta Thunberg had shared the toolkit, which had details on how to protest against the farm laws globally. Disha Ravi, one of the founders of Fridays For Future India, edited and shared the toolkit, a Delhi Police spokesperson said on Sunday.
Anil Mittal, Additional PRO Delhi Police said, “ Ravi has been remanded to police custody for 5 days. The Special Cell is investigating the conspiracy behind the Google document- Toolkit. They found that Ravi was one of the editors of the toolkit and also a key conspirator in the document’s formulation and dissemination.”
Disha Ravi, a graduate of Mount Carmel college, is one of founders of Fridays for Future India. Fridays for Future is an international movement of school students who skip classes on Fridays to join demonstrations demanding politicians to act against climate change. It gained widespread popularity after Thunberg protested outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.
On February 4, the Delhi Police filed a case regarding toolkit tweeted by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Coming after the chaos and violence during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day, her tweet had helped draw global attention to the protest.
The Delhi Police said the toolkit was found on a social media handle ahead of the violence and indicates a conspiracy behind the events of January 26.
“If you go by the unfolding of events of January 26, it reveals a copycat execution of the action plan,” the Delhi Police had said.
“The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India,” Delhi Police Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan had said.
We have registered a case for spreading disaffection against the government of India – it’s regarding sedition – and disharmony between groups on religious, social and cultural grounds, and criminal conspiracy to give shape to such a plan,” the officer had added.
In course on its investigations, the Delhi Police had asked Google and some social media giants to provide information about email ids, URLs and certain social media accounts related to the creators of “toolkit”, which was uploaded through Google doc and shared later on Twitter.
The police said they sought details about the email ids, domain URLs and certain social media accounts mentioned in the “toolkit”. Later, the Centre asked Twitter to remove 1,178 accounts, which it said were spreading misinformation and provocative content on farmers’ agitation, sources said.
On February 3, Greta Thunberg had tweeted the “toolkit” to show support for the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s farm laws that has been in progress at the borders of Delhi since November 26. But this was focused on the Republic Day protests.
After a short while, she deleted the post. The next day, she posted a fresh “toolkit” with the message: “Here’s an updated toolkit by people on the ground in India if you want to help. (They removed their previous document as it was outdated).” The new document called for protests on February 13 and 14.