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Farmers’ protest row: Police turns to Google over Thunberg’s ‘toolkit’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Assumptions were rife that the Delhi Police would write to search engine giant, Google, seeking details of the document tweeted by Swedish environment campaigner Greta Thunberg, which on Friday were verified by the cyber cell confirming that a notice had been sent.

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An investigating official confirmed that Delhi Police had asked for “registration details” and “activity log” of the account through which the toolkit was uploaded. Police also sought the document uploaded originally by Thunberg as it was edited almost immediately after she tweeted it.

The notice served to Google and others, sought the details of two email IDs, an Instagram account and a URL mentioned in the toolkit, by the cops. “The police have asked for details from the respective platforms,” told a police official.

Furthermore, an investigation is underway probing the roles of two people; M O Dhaliwal, one of the founders of PJF, and other Marina Patterson who was reportedly editing the document shortly after it was tweeted, a senior officer said.

People associated with a UK-based website, askindiawhy.com, which was created in January, and has allegedly been posting provocative propaganda about the farmers’ agitation, are also under scanner while the history of website is also requested the officer confirmed.

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Police also alleged that Greta’s toolkit predates the January 26 violence and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind it. “Specific plans about January 26 were mentioned in it,” said an official.

Meanwhile, violence broke out in national capital, on January 26 after protesting farmers and Delhi Police came face to face which left both side hurt. According to a video that went viral on Friday, a protester was claimed to have been shot at on the foot. The clip reportedly shows rioters challenging police to fire at them and later alleging that a paramilitary staffer had fired a gunshot at a person named Akash. Akash, who is currently in Tihar jail, claimed injury to his leg as a bullet had brushed past it. The cops, however, have not confirmed the incident though they informed that an enquire is underway to find out if any outsider was involved.

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