Lashing out at the Centre over climate activist Disha Ravi’s arrest, Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar on Tuesday, said that ‘Congress is the only bulwark against India becoming an authoritarian state’.
Claiming that Delhi police ‘concocted ‘Toolkit’ conspiracy’, Shivakumar termed Ravi’s arrest to ‘make dissent illegal’. Disha Ravi – founder of Friday for Future (India) has been remanded to police custody for five days by the Patiala House Court after she was picked by Delhi police in Bengaluru in connection to the ‘Toolkit’ case.
DKS: ‘BJP wants to make dissent illegal’
Congress brought Freedom to India
Congress has always stood for & defended Personal Liberty of Citizens
Congress is the only bulwark against India becoming an authoritarian state
Citizens must realise that only Congress can defend their Personal & Political Freedom#DishaRavi
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) February 16, 2021
Disha Ravi arrested
Delhi police’s special cell arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi for allegedly disseminating the ‘toolkit’ related to farmers’ protests on social media- the same one shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Arguing for the Delhi Police, the public prosecutor alleged a large conspiracy against the government of India to rebuild the Khalistan group via the toolkit and claimed that there were thousands of people involved in it. In her defence, Disha Ravi claimed that she had edited just two lines of the toolkit and said that she was influenced by the farmers’ protests and thereby extended her support to them.
Amid allegations of discrepancies in her arrest, Delhi court has allowed Ravi access to her lawyer and meet her family in custody. Two other activists – Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk are currently being hunted by Delhi police which has procured Non-bailable warrants.
Justifying her arrest, Delhi police stated that Ravi had done more than ‘editing 2 lines of the toolkit’ document. Alleging that Ravi had started a Whatsapp group to collaborate with ‘toolkit’ authors – pro-Khalistani group ‘Poetic Justice Foundation’, Delhi police added that she had shared the document with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and later asked to remove the ‘main doc’.
Police had already filed an FIR on the authors of the ‘toolkit document’, claiming it aimed to create disaffection and disharmony under sections like sedition, criminal conspiracy, spreading hatred among communities. Pointing out the ‘prior actions’ section of the tool-kit – authored by pro-Khalistani group Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF), police said that it was a ‘planned conspiracy to execute such a plan’.
Source: Republic World