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Toolkit Case: Delhi Police arrests climate activist from Bengaluru

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The Delhi Police have arrested a 21-year-old climate activist from Karnataka’s Bengaluru in connection with the online campaign against the Indian government on the issue of farmers’ protest.

The activist, Disha Ravi, was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell on Saturday for her alleged involvement in sharing a “toolkit” related to the farmers’ protest.

Notably, a toolkit is a document created to explain any issue. It also provides information on what one needs to do to address the issue. This might include information about petitions, details about protests and mass movements and so on.

Interestingly, this is the same toolkit for which Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was booked by the Delhi Police, earlier.

Earlier, the Delhi Police had asked Google and some social media giants to provide information about email id, URLs and certain social media accounts related to the creators of the “toolkit” shared by Thunberg and others on Twitter in connection with the farmers’ protest.

The Cyber Cell had lodged an FIR against “pro-Khalistan” creators of the “toolkit” for waging a “social, cultural and economic war against the Government of India”.

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The case against unnamed persons was registered on charges of criminal conspiracy, sedition and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code, the police said.

Addressing a press conference earlier, a senior Delhi Police officer said the initial investigation linked the document with a pro-Khalistan group named “Poetic Justice Foundation”.

Toolkit aimed at creating disharmony

According to the police, the “toolkit” has a particular section that mentions “digital strike through hashtags on or before January 26, tweet storms on January 23 onwards, physical action on January 26 and watch-out or join farmers march into Delhi and back to borders”.

The “toolkit” was aimed at spreading disaffection and ill-will against the government of India and creating disharmony among various social, religious and cultural groups, the police had added.

 

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