Climate activist arrested, cry of ‘witch-hunt’ of youths

Disha Ravi 22 was arrested on Saturday

Disha Ravi 22 was arrested on Saturday

On Sunday, the Delhi police said, "Disha Ravi, arrested by CyPAD Delhi Police, is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc and a key conspirator in the document's formulation and dissemination". Though the Delhi Police did not name Thunberg in the FIR, it went ahead to register the case against the authors of the toolkit.

In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a Twitter storm and protesting outside Indian embassies, were reportedly listed which were needed to be taken to support the farmers' protest.

Delhi police said on Twitter that Ms Ravi's group had collaborated with those wanting to create a separate country in the northern state of Punjab.

Hitting out at the climate activist Disha Ravi who has been arrested for being allegedly involved in sharing the "toolkit" related to the farmers' protest, Haryana's Home Minister Anil Vij on Monday (February 15, 2021) said that whoever harbours the seed of anti-nationalism in their mind, that has to be destroyed. She started a WhatsApp Group and collaborated to make the Toolkit doc.

Ravi has been arrested for her alleged connection with the "toolkit" on farmer protests, which was shared on Twitter by Thunberg. During the investigation of the case, Ravi was picked up by the police for questioning on Saturday and arrested on Sunday in Delhi.

Thunberg had on February 3 night shared an old toolkit that expressed support for the Republic Day tractor rally and provided details of the upcoming online and street protests.

Numerous protesting farmers come from Punjab.

While the police were not very forthcoming, it appears the charges are related largely to the older toolkit.

"However, Disha's role came under the lens of the Delhi Police after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted a toolkit document which the police say had led to the January 26 violence in New Delhi".

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. The implication that toolkits are conspiracy gizmos used by foreign forces to destabilise India was "stupid", the groups said.

The groups said they know Disha as a person of huge integrity who has nothing but the country's best interests at heart. "We also demand her immediate unconditional release". "She, like us, is invested in this work that we do because she knows and understands the severity and seriousness of the climate crisis all of us find ourselves in". "We are. extremely anxious about her safety and well being". She also said that some trollers and bots are circulating her personal information including pictures on social media.

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