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Activist Disha Ravi, 22, Arrested Over Toolkit, Faces Conspiracy Charge

Disha Ravi, 22, was arrested yesterday and brought to Delhi.

Highlights

  • Disha Ravi was arrested by the Delhi Police in the “Toolkit” case
  • The police had said “Toolkit” was a conspiracy to wage war against India
  • The activist has been sent to police custody for 5 days by a Delhi Court

New Delhi:
A 22-year-old student and climate activist from Bengaluru, Disha Ravi, has been arrested by the Delhi Police in the case involving “Toolkit” tweeted earlier this month by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg to show support for protesting farmers. The police — which earlier said “Toolkit” was a Khalistani conspiracy to wage war against India — have accused her of being a key conspirator in the document’s formulation and dissemination and alleged that she is trying to revive a Khalistani group. “I did not make Toolkit. We wanted to support the farmers. I edited two lines on February 3,” Disha Ravi told the Delhi court where she was produced earlier today. The court has sent her to police custody for five days for further questioning.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. “Disha Ravi is an Editor of the Toolkit Google Doc & key conspirator in document’s formulation & dissemination””, the Delhi Police tweeted. 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.

  2. “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.

  3. The Delhi Police, which arrested Disha Ravi from Bengaluru last evening, claimed she is influenced by terrorists like Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and Khalistani groups like Poetic Justice. Thousands of others are involved in the conspiracy and further investigation into the matter is in progress, the police said..

  4. “I did not make Toolkit. We wanted to support the farmers. I edited two lines on February 3,” Disha Ravi told the court.

  5. The 22-year-old — a student at Mount Carmel College, one of city’s top women’s colleges — was arrested yesterday evening and brought to Delhi. She was produced in a court today.

  6. The Delhi Police earlier said the creator of the “toolkit” was made a Khalistani organization calling itself the Poetic Justice Foundation.

  7. Claiming it was found of on a social media handle ahead of violence during the farmers’ tractor rally, the police said it indicates a conspiracy behind the events of January 26.

  8. “If you go by the unfolding of events of January 26, it reveals a copycat execution of the action plan,” the Delhi Police had said. The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India,” Delhi Police Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan said.

  9. 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 deleted the tweet soon, posting an updated one.

  10. The Delhi Police had asked Google and some social media platforms for help with the investigation. The police had sought email ids, URLs and social media accounts related to the creators of “toolkit”. Later, the Centre asked Twitter to remove 1,178 accounts, which it said were spreading misinformation and provocative content on farmers’ agitation.

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