After 22-year-old Disha Ravi’s arrest, two more activists are wanted by the police in the case involving a “toolkit” shared by climate campaigner Greta Thunberg in support of the farmer protests. Warrants are out against activists Nikita Jacob and Shantanu and they face charges that are not bailable.
They claim according to their investigations, the organisation behind the “toolkit” shared by Greta Thunberg – Poetic Justice – had contacted Nikita Jacob to organise a “tweet storm” ahead of the Republic Day protest by farmers. The organisation is a Khalistani group, the police say.
The new warrants have emerged at a time outrage is spiraling over the arrest of Disha Ravi, a Bengaluru college graduate and climate activist, on conspiracy and sedition charges. Disha Ravi was produced in a Delhi court yesterday without her lawyers and sent to five days in police custody.
She has been accused of playing a key role in the prepping of the toolkit document and its circulation.
“I did not make Toolkit. We wanted to support the farmers. I edited two lines on February 3,” Disha Ravi told the court, which sent her to police custody for further questioning.
Several opposition parties and activists have condemned the arrest.
“Disha Ravi is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc & key conspirator in document’s formulation & dissemination,” the Delhi Police tweeted, adding that she started a WhatsApp Group and collaborated to make the Toolkit doc. “In this process, they all collaborated with pro Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State,” the police tweeted.
“She was the one who shared the Toolkit Doc with Greta Thunberg. Later, she asked Greta to remove the main Doc after its incriminating details accidentally got into public domain. This is many times more than the 2 lines editing that she claims,” another tweet by the Delhi Police read.
“Completely atrocious! This is unwarranted harassment and intimidation. I express my full solidarity with Disha Ravi,” tweeted Congress’s Jairam Ramesh.
The 22-year-old is a graduate of Mount Carmel College, one of Bengaluru’s top women’s colleges.
On February 3, Greta Thunberg had tweeted the “toolkit” to show support for the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s farm laws that has been in progress at the borders of Delhi since November 26. She later deleted the tweet, posting an updated one.