Protests in India over arrest of climate activist

Criticised heavily over Disha Ravi's arrest the Delhi Police addressed a press meet this afternoon regarding the toolkit case

"Disha, who is associated with the environmental movement called Fridays For Future, sent the toolkit document to Greta Thunberg on Telegram and coaxed her to act on it".

Earlier, 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 the "toolkit" shared by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on Twitter in connection with the farmers' protest.

India's foreign ministry hit out this month at "sensationalist social media hashtags and comments" by celebrities following posts from Thunberg and pop singer Rihanna, who also tweeted in support of the farmer protests.

Users are demanding her release as India's farmers' protests on the outskirts of Delhi continue to attract global attention.

While responding to queries relating to toolkit document 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. The warrants came earlier today, two days after Delhi police arrested climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru. "We have found that she made several changes in the toolkit related to farmers protest and further spread it in certain groups on social media", the officer said. The Delhi Police tweeted, "Disha Ravi, arrested by CyPAD Delhi Police, is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc & key conspirator in document's formulation & dissemination". Moreover, since it speaks of solidarity protests at or near Indian embassies, it suggests that the toolkit was designed primarily for foreigners or people living outside India.

The FIR included sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting hatred amongst various communities on social/cultural/religious grounds) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

"Arrest of 21 yr old Disha Ravi is an unprecedented attack on Democracy". Some 20-30 of them including the founder stay in Bengaluru.

"The toolkit sought to artificially amplify fake news through various tweets which they have created in the form of a tweet bank". All due procedures were followed, he said. This is many times more than the two lines editing that she claims, they said.

Eminent lawyer Rebecca Mammen John called the situation a shocking abdication of judicial duties and expressed her disappointment at the conduct of the Duty Magistrate, Patiala House court of New Delhi, who, according to her, remanded the young woman to five days custody of Delhi police, without first ensuring that she was being represented by counsel.

Police have not named Thunberg in the case.

Nikita is still absconding, he said. Police said Friedrich has been on the radars of the Indian security establishments since late 2006 when he was noticed in the company of Bhajan Singh Bhinder alias Iqbal Chaudhary. "Friedrich was associated with him", police said. He said that screenshots of the "toolkit", which were available on open source, were investigated by the police. She and her associates Shantanu and Disha had created the document. "We would also take pride in acknowledging her efforts in raising her voice for the issues of North East India".

However on January 26, thousands of farmers overwhelmed police and stormed into the historic Red Fort complex in New Delhi after tearing down barricades and driving tractors through roadblocks.



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