Indian police arrest activist linked to Greta Thunberg's movement

  • Indian police arrest activist linked to Greta Thunberg's movement

Indian police arrest activist linked to Greta Thunberg's movement

Disha Ravi, arrested by a Cyber Cell team of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday, was produced before a court.

During the hearing, Ravi broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and that she wanted to support the farmers' protest. Disha then sent the "toolkit" to Thunberg via Telegram app. "The initial examination of Nikita [Jacob] reveals that she and her associates Shantanu and Disha [Ravi] had created the "toolkit" Google document".

Disha Ravi, 22, was arrested Sunday in connection with a "toolkit" - later also tweeted by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg - relating to the farmers' protest against the new agriculture laws. Police sought her custody for seven days.

Nath claimed that Disha deleted a WhatsApp group she created to spread the "toolkit".

Disha Ravi, a student from Mount Carmel College, is a climate activist and a founding member of the "Fridays For Fortune" (FFF) campaign.

The farmer protests have been mainly peaceful.

She then realised her mistake and on February 4 uploaded an updated toolkit that offered tips on how to join the farmers' ground protests, express support on social media, sign petitions and demonstrate near Indian missions overseas.

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

An Indian climate activist has been arrested after she allegedly helped create a guide to the anti-government farmer protests that was tweeted by environmentalist Greta Thunberg. On February 4, Delhi Police had stated that they have taken cognizance of a "Toolkit Document" found on a social media platform that predates and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind the violence that took place on January 26 during a tractor rally called by the farmers.

"To imply that toolkits are some conspiracy gizmos used by foreign forces to destabilise India is as stupid as the "Cow was abducted by aliens" rubbish that was aired by some mainstream media channels that are now airing this nonsense".

The groups said they know Disha as a person of vast integrity who has nothing but the country's best interests at heart.

A coalition of activist groups demanded Ms Ravi's release and said it was "extremely anxious for her safety and wellbeing". She also said that some trollers and bots are circulating her personal information including pictures on social media. "We are therefore extremely anxious about her safety and wellbeing", the statement added.

The group demanded that Disha be "released immediately, her records (be) expunged and she (be) escorted safely back to her home and to her family".