The Delhi Police has claimed that climate activist Disha Ravi had asked Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg to delete a tweet containing a toolkit on farmers’ protest fearing action under the stringent UAPA. She was afraid as her name was mentioned in the document, police claimed.
The police also claimed that the Swedish environmental activist deleted the tweet as per Disha’s request and thereafter, shared an edited version of the document. The document was also edited by Disha, police said.
Police quoting WhatsApp chat between Thunberg and Disha said that the latter wrote to the former saying, “Okay can you not tweet the toolkit at all. Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am gonna talk to lawyers. I am sorry but our names are on it and we can literally get UAPA against us.”
Disha allegedly made the request fearing registration of a case under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), police claimed.
Thunberg, a teen climate activist, had shared the “toolkit” to lend her support to the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws.
In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a “Twitter storm” and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which were needed to be taken to support the farmers’ protest.
What Delhi Police said
While examining the WhatsApp chats between Thunberg and Disha Ravi, it came to notice that Disha had requested Greta Thunberg to delete the tweet as the “toolkit” had her name in the document, a senior cop said.
While responding to queries relating to the toolkit documents during a press conference at the Delhi Police headquarters, deputy commissioner of police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy said that it is not a static document.
“It is a dynamic document which has a large number of hyperlinks, which are links to various Google drives, Google docs and websites. One of the important websites present here is askindiawhy.com. This website has a lot of Pro-Khalistani content. So this document in itself has an action plan,” Roy said.
The DCP said that in the first instance, the document was not to be shared in the public and was private, but it was accidentally shared
“So this was a document to be shared to a limited number of people, who would then influence public opinion. Having global icons to follow this, this toolkit was made to propagate pro-Khalistan propaganda,” he also said.
Disha Ravi, Nikita Jacob and Shantanu created the toolkit
Disha Ravi along with Mumbai lawyer Nikita Jacob and Pune engineer Shantanu created the “toolkit” related to the farmers” agitation and shared it with others to tarnish India’s image, the Delhi Police said on Monday.
The police claimed that Disha, who was arrested on Saturday from Bengaluru, sent the “toolkit” to teen climate activist Thunberg through the Telegram app, and also “coaxed her to act on it”.
Police said that Disha’s Telegram account shows many links related to the “toolkit” were removed.
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