Toolkit Case: Delhi Police Investigates Zoom, Seeks For Details


New Delhi : The Delhi Police on Tuesday wrote to video conferencing app, Zoom, seeking details of the participants who attended the Zoom meeting on January 11, organised allegedly by a pro-Khalistani group to prepare a protest “toolkit” backing the farmers’ agitation.

“The Delhi Police has written to video conferencing app Zoom seeking details of participants who attended the meeting on January 11,” the official said.

The Delhi Police on Monday said that Mumbai lawyer Nikita Jacob, Pune engineer Shantanu and climate activist Disha Ravi were among the around 70 people who had attended a zoom video conference in January to create a Twitter storm ahead of Republic Day violence during farmers’ tractor rally in the national capital that left over 500 police personnel injured and one protester dead.

The police had also alleged that the e-mail account created by Shantanu is the owner of this Google document. “Pro-Khalistani group Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) founder Mo Dhaliwal had contacted them (Jacob and Shantanu) through a Canada-based woman named Punit,” the police said.

“Nikita and Shantanu had on January 11 attended a Zoom meeting organized by PFJ in which modalities were decided to create the ‘toolkit’ titled ‘Global Farmer Strike’ and ‘Global Day of Action, 26 January’,” it added.

Meanwhile, climate activist Nikita Jacob, who is involved in the controversial “Toolkit” document case related to farmers’ protest, on Monday admitted that there was a Zoom meeting before Republic Day, which was attended by Poetic Justice Foundation founder MO Dhaliwal, and other fellow activists including Disha Ravi.

The Delhi Police has also written to messaging application WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) to get the details of the WhatsApp group created by the ‘climate activist’ Disha Ravi on December 6.

“The group was created for collaborating the activities related to farmers’ agitation and was named ‘International Farmers Strike’,” the sources said, adding that there are more than 10 members in the chat group, later Disha deleted numbers of those members from her phone.

Sources said Disha wrote to Greta Thunberg, a Sweden-based climate activist, on WhatsApp, saying, “Okay can you not tweet the toolkit at all. 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 and we can literally get Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against us.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said that Disha Ravi’s arrest was done as per the procedures. “As far as Disha’s arrest is concerned, it was done as per the procedures. Law does not differentiate between a 22-year-old and a 50-year-old. She was produced before a court, which sent her to 5-day police custody. It is false when people say that there were lapses in the arrest,” Shrivastava said.

Previously, 21-year-old Disha Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru in connection with the formulation and dissemination of the Toolkit document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. She was one of the editors of the ‘Toolkit’ document. Disha was later sent to five days of police custody.

(With Agency Inputs)