21-Year-Old Climate Activist Arrested In ‘Toolkit’ Case

by Shatakshi Gupta

Climate activist Disha Ravi has been arrested from Bengaluru for her involvement in sharing a ‘toolkit’ on social media related to farmers’ demonstrations. A senior police officer said on Sunday that 21-year-old Disha Ravi was arrested by the cyber cell team of Delhi Police on Saturday. The court has sent Disha Ravi to five days police custody. Police told the court that two more accused were to be arrested in the case.

What is the case?

Disha is accused of editing and forwarding the toolkit shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg. Delhi Police. Last week, Delhi Police filed an FIR against this contentious toolkit. Police claim the toolkit has a link with Pro-Khalistani organisation.

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Who is Disha Ravi?

Disha Ravi, a graduate in Business Administration from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, is also the co-founder of Friday for Future India. Friday for Future is an international movement in which school students miss class on Friday and join in a demonstration about climate change. Through this demonstration, politicians are demanded to take steps regarding the changes in the environment. In 2018, it gained popularity after the performance of young climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the Parliament of Sweden.

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No previous record

Bangalore Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Division) Dharmendra Kumar Meena said that we have not previously found any records of Disha herself being involved in any kind of protest. She was not even on the police radar before this arrest.  The DCP said they were cooperating in the Delhi Police’s action as a formality.

Accepts editing in toolkit

 During the hearing, Ravi cried in the court and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and wanted to support the farmers’ movement. Duty Magistrate Dev Saroha allowed the Delhi Police five days of custody to interrogate Ravi. While requesting the custody of the climate activist, the police told the court that the accused had allegedly made edits to the toolkit on February 3 and several others were also involved in the case.

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Police sought information from Google and other companies

 Delhi Police on Friday asked Google and other social media companies to provide information about email Ids, domain URLs and some social media accounts associated with the creators of the ‘toolkit’.  This ‘toolkit’ was shared on Twitter by climate change activist Greta Thunberg and others. The ‘toolkit’ contains guidelines and content related to trending a campaign via Twitter.