A day after Bengaluru-based activist Disha Ravi was sent to police custody for five days over her involvement in the ‘toolkit case’, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that her arrest is an unprecedented attack on democracy.
“Arrest of 21 yr old Disha Ravi is an unprecedented attack on Democracy. Supporting our farmers is not a crime,” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
Ravi was arrested by the cybercrime unit of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday as she was one of the editors of a toolkit that according to the police “indicates a copycat execution of a conspiracy” behind the January 26 violence during the farmers’ tractor rally in the national capital.
The police have alleged that Ravi shared the toolkit with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who posted it on Twitter, and later deleted it on the directions of the former after “its incriminating details accidentally got into the public domain”.
“In this process, they all collaborated with pro-Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State,” the Delhi Police’s official handle posted on the microblogging site.
A court on Sunday remanded the Bengaluru activist to five days in police custody. The police had sought remand of seven days to “unearth her connections with the Sikhs for Justice”. Ravi, who has been named as a “key conspirator” by the police in the document’s formulation and dissemination, broke down during the hearing and refuted allegations of conspiring against the government. She said she edited “just two lines” as she supported the farmers.