Seeking data of 'toolkit' creators, Delhi Police writes to Google

Shalini Ojha
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06 Feb 2021: Seeking data of 'toolkit' creators, Delhi Police writes to Google

On Friday, Delhi Police wrote to Google and other social media giants seeking information about the creators of the "toolkit," that was shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg this week in connection with the farmers' protests.

The letter came a day after Delhi Police's Cyber Cell filed a case against the toolkit creators for waging a social, cultural, and economic war against India.

Context: What was written in the document?

Tweeted by Thunberg on February 4, the toolkit revealed ways to support the farmers' agitation. The teen activist had earlier deleted another document as it was outdated.

The toolkit urged supporters of the cause to tweet frequently (tagging important handles), speak with their local representatives, and read more about the issue.

It also called for organizing protests at Indian embassies on February 13, 14.

Case: Charges like sedition, promoting disharmony, criminal conspiracy evoked in case

By Thursday evening, Delhi Police filed a case, evoking charges like spreading disaffection against India's government, sedition, promoting disharmony on social/cultural/religious grounds, and criminal conspiracy.

When asked about speculations that Thunberg too has been booked, Delhi Police Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan said the FIR doesn't carry anyone's name.

A Khalistani group, Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF), is the creator, Delhi Police had said.

Fact: 'Call was to wage war against India'

"Delhi Police has taken cognizance of a 'Toolkit Document' found on a social media platform that predates and indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind the January 26 violence. The call was to wage economic, social, cultural, and regional war against India," it said.

Details: Information on email IDs, domain URLs sought

Now, Delhi Police has approached tech giants to get data on email ids, domain URLs, and certain social media accounts figuring in the document.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Anyesh Roy said information about people who created accounts and uploaded documents on social media has also been sought.

He said the probe will proceed after the companies furnish information.

Video: Separately, in video, PJF leader said 'battle' won't end soon

Meanwhile, a Delhi Police personnel said that Mo Dhaliwal, the founder of PJF, was exploiting the farmers' agitation to fan Khalistani sentiments.

In a recent clip, informed the cop, Dhaliwal said that the "battle" won't end with the repeal of the three farm laws, reports HT.

"This battle begins with repeal of the farm bills, it does not end there," he purportedly said.

Fact: 'You are not separate from Khalistan movement'

"Let no one tell you that this battle is going to end with the repeal of the farm bills. They are trying to tell you that you are separate from Punjab, and you are separate from the Khalistan movement. You are not," he claimed.