Delhi Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan on Thursday said that Delhi Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against the authors of a “toolkit to aid farmers” that was shared by several people on social media, including Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, clarifying, however, that it did not “name anybody”.
Several Indian media outlets reported that Delhi police had registered an FIR against Thunberg for her tweets on Wednesday in which she expressed solidarity with protesting farmers and shared a toolkit that sought to help people “better understand the situation and make decisions on how to support the farmers based on their own analysis”.
Addressing a press conference today, Commissioner Ranjan said the Delhi police were “closely monitoring” social media platforms and had identified more than 300 accounts that were “being used to express sentiments against the Indian government [and] to spread disaffection among communities in the name of the farmers’ protest”.
“A document was uploaded by one particular account that is named toolkit,” which was authored by a pro-Khalistan group, he said. “This document delineates an action plan which says a digital strike and a Twitter storm should be carried out after Jan 26” along with plans for physical protests, he added.
Referring to the incident on Jan 26, in which thousands of Indian farmers breached barricades to enter Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex, he said it was a “copy of the plan in the document”.
Therefore, the Delhi Police have registered a case against the authors which would be investigated by the cyber cell of the Delhi police, the police commissioner said.
“Nobody has been named in it,” he iterated.