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Activist Disha Ravi, 22, arrested for editing Greta Thunberg “Toolkit”: Cops

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Disha Ravi, a 21-year-old climate activist from Bengaluru was arrested by the Delhi Police, on February 13, in connection to the controversial “toolkit” shared by teen Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg and others on Twitter to show support for the on-going farmers’ protest. Police in its FIR has alleged that Disha Ravi, who is also one of the founders of the “Friday for Future” campaign, edited the toolkit and speard it ahead.

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Disha, who is a student of Mount Carmel College, in Bengaluru, was arrested yesterday evening and taken to Delhi, where she was produced in a court and remanded police custody for five days.

The Delhi Police had earlier said the creator of the “toolkit”, an organization calling itself the Poetic Justice Foundation, is a ‘Khalistani’ group.

On February 4, the Delhi Police lodged a case over “toolkit” tweeted by climate activist Greta Thunberg, which helped draw global attention to the protest. As per the Delhi Police, 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.

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“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 added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police had also 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 were later shared on the micro blogging site.

To note, Thunberg’s February 3 tweet was about a “toolkit”, calling for a protest on February 13 and 14 in connection with the ongoing Indian farmers’ protest, that is staged against the Centre’s newly formed farm laws at the borders of Delhi since November 26, however, this was focused on the Republic Day protests.

A revised version of her toolkit was posted on the next day after deleting the first one. Her “toolkit” caption read, “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).”

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