‘We can literally get UAPA against us’: Disha Ravi, Greta Thunberg WhatsApp chat exposed

The police also said that it was Disha Ravi who sent the 'Toolkit' document to global climate activist Greta Thunberg
‘We can literally get UAPA against us’: Disha Ravi, Greta Thunberg WhatsApp chat exposed
Disha Ravi and Greta ThunbergImage source: The Bridge Chronicle

New Delhi: The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police, also accessed the WhatsApp chat between the two activists (Disha and Greta). According to a report by News 18, during the probe, the police found that the Disha had expressed fears of being charged under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in her conversation with Greta Thunberg. After Greta leaked the anti-India toolkit on social media, Disha said, “Can we just not say anything at all for a while. I am going to talk to lawyers. I am sorry but our names are on it. We can literally get UAPA against us”

Elaborating on the 'Toolkit' investigation, the Delhi Police on Monday said that on January 11, Nikita and Shantanu attended a virtual Zoom meeting organised by the Poetic Justice Foundation in which the modalities of the 'Global Day of Action' were worked out and based on the course of action decided in the meeting, Nikita Jacob, Shantanu and Disha Ravi and others collaborated together to draft the 'Toolkit' document.

The document that they drafted had secessionist and pro-Khalistan content embedded into it through links and texts, the police said.

The Delhi Police has already got non-bailable warrants issued against Mumbai-based lawyer-activist Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu who the police say are key figures along with Benguluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi, in drafting the 'Toolkit'.

During the investigation, many screenshots of this document available on open source were investigated by Delhi Police's Cyber Cell.

"The main aim of the 'toolkit' was to create misinformation and disaffection against the lawfully enacted legislations. The 'toolkit' sought to artificially amplify the fake news and other falsehoods and also sought to precipitate action on January 26, India's Republic Day," said Joint CP Cyber cell Prem Nath. Based on incriminating evidence collected from Disha's device and in view of the fact that she has deleted her WhatsApp group, she was arrested in the case, the police said.

The police said that Mo Dhaliwal, the founder of Canada-based pro-Khalistan outfit Poetic Justice Foundation, had contacted Nikita through his colleague Puneet, a Canadian citizen, to create a storm on Twitter ahead of Republic Day.

Police said the woman named Puneet, who is based in Canada, connected these people to the Poetic Justice Foundation and through them, created the Google Toolkit documents titled 'Global Farmer Strike' and 'Global Day of Action, 26 January'.

According to Delhi Police, one portion of this Toolkit document mentioned action points named 'Prior Action', 'Digital Strike through Hashtags' on January 26 and earlier and creating a tweet storm from January 23 onwards. It included physical action on January 26 and entering Delhi for the farmers' tractor rally and return back to the border.

The Delhi Police further elaborated that the second part of the same document mentions tasks such as disruption of India's cultural heritage such as 'Yoga' and 'Chai' and targeting Indian embassies abroad in various capitals.

(With inputs from IANS)

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