Delhi Police on Monday said that activists Disha Ravi, Shantanu and Nikita Jacob were booked in the toolkit case because they coordinated with pro-Khalistani elements to create a Twitter storm over farmers’ protest before January 26 tractor rally.
Addressing a press conference, Joint Commissioner of Police Cyber Prem Nath said that the police have found incriminating evidence that proves that the three activists coordinated with pro-Khalistani outfit Poetic Justice Foundation (PFJ) and had created the toolkit, and shared it with Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.
The toolkit, which lists ways to lend support to Indian farmers agitating against three new agricultural laws, was inadvertently made public by Thunberg on February 4, prompting Delhi Police’s investigation into it.
“A Canada-based woman, named Puneet, contacted Nikita on behalf of PFJ and organised a Zoom meeting with the foundation’s founder Mo Dhaliwal. Around 60 people including Nikita Jacob and Disha Ravi – attended the meeting, where modalities of the toolkit were chalked out,” the senior cyber cell official said.
JCP Prem Nath told media that the toolkit calls for a digital and physical strike on January 26. “The second part of the toolkit called for is targeting India’s cultural heritage and embassies overseas,” he said.
Giving details of the investigation, JCP Prem Nath revealed that after registering the FIR in the case on February 4, the police investigated screenshots of the toolkit available on open source.
“Many screenshots of the toolkit were available on open source and were investigated. When the probe was able to fetch enough information, a search warrant was obtained from the court on February 9, against Nikita Jacob, one of the editors of the toolkit Google doc,” Prem Nath said.
On February 9, he said, the police raided Nikita Jacob’s home and confiscated two laptops and a mobile phone.
“The Mumbai Police was duly informed before the raid, which was conducted in day time. Nikita was told to be present for the investigation. But when next the team reached her house, Nikita was absconding,” Prem Nath told media.
The JCP Cyber Cell said that from the raid it was learnt that Nikita was contacted by Puneet. On January 11, she attended a Zoom meeting with PFJ along with Shantanu and Disha, who created the toolkit, he said.
“Based on the information collected from Nikita’s house, two teams were dispatched to arrest Disha Ravi and Shantanu,” Prem Nath said.
Disha shared ‘toolkit’ with Greta
The police said that Disha Ravi’s seized phone has revealed that she shared the toolkit with Greta Thunberg via the Telegram app.
WhatsApp chat details accessed by India Today show that arrested activist Disha Ravi asked Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to “not say anything at all for a while” warning her action against them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in India.
In a WhatsApp chat, Disha Ravi to Greta Thunberg that their “names were on it” indicating that the police probe had found some evidence of their collaboration in the backdrop of the protest by the farmers’ unions against the Narendra Modi government over the new farm laws passed by Parliament in 2020.
Disha Ravi said, “Can we just not say anything at all for a while? I am gonna talk to lawyers. I am sorry but our names are on it. We can literally get UAPA against us. (sic)”
The conversation happened after Greta Thunberg inadvertently put out the “toolkit” in a post on Twitter. She deleted the post later and shared an updated toolkit.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 3, 2021
‘Toolkit aimed at creating disaffection against India’
During the press conference, Prem Nath reiterated that the toolkit was created disaffection against the sovereign and elected government of India.
The JCP Cyber claimed that the toolkit was made ‘very smartly’. “This toolkit was created very smartly, in which all details were given like whom to follow, whom to tag and what to share when and how. There are multiple hyperlinks, where a lot of pro-Khalistan content is available,” he said.
“During their meetings, Dhaliwal and others decided hashtags. Their plan was to spread as much misinformation as possible,” Prem Nath told media.