What is toolkit, how is that linked to farmers’ protest?

New Delhi (TIP):  Bengaluru activist Disha Ravi was recently arrested by the Delhi Police for a “toolkit document” that she shared with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. It can be seen that the toolkit was first highlighted after Thunberg tweeted a link to it but soon after deleted the post.

What is a toolkit?

“Toolkit” is a term activists use for a campaign information document. It is a valuable resource that can be used to sustain a campaign or movement, used mostly on the internet. Recently, Greta Thunberg shared a link to the toolkit on the farmer’s protest which, was found to contain some pro-Khalistani elements.

It is reportedly said that the toolkit shared by the activists tried to explain the farmers’ protest to those who do not know the reason behind the agitation. Disha Ravi’s role came under suspicion by Delhi Police after climate activist Thunberg tweeted a toolkit document which the police alleged had led to the January 26 violence in New Delhi.

On February 14, 2021, Disha Ravi was presented before a Delhi Court that remanded her five days of police custody. Disha Ravi broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and she wanted to support the farmers’ protest.

According to Delhi Police, Disha, along with the help of lawyer Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu Mallick, played key roles in the circulation of the document. The police also claim that the group worked with the pro-Khalistan outfit Poetic Justice Foundation.

In a press conference, the police said, “A team reached Mumbai and conducted searches at her (Nikita Jacob) residence on February 11. She and her associates Shantanu and Disha had created the document. The email account created by Shantanu is the owner of this document all others are its editors.”

Court Notice To 3 News Channels On Activist Disha Ravi’s Plea

Disha Ravi has moved the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the police to not leak investigation material, including alleged contents of her private chats, to the media. Arrested in connection with the “toolkit case” amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, she has also sought a ban on private TV channels from publishing contents of her WhatsApp conversations. The “toolkit”, which the police allege was aimed at tarnishing India‘s image globally, surfaced after Swedish eco-warrior Greta Thunberg posted it inadvertently on Twitter before deleting it a few weeks ago. Based on it, the police have alleged a global conspiracy against the country, and arrested  Ravi last Sunday from her residence. The government has denied any leaks from its side.

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