Following a huge intense social media word war between the supporters and critics of farmers’ protests in the last two days, Delhi police on Thursday lodged an FIR against unnamed persons who are the “creators of toolkit” that was shared by Greta Thunberg in a tweet.
It was reported that Delhi police is going to write to search engine giant Google to trace the IP addresses or the location from which the doc was created and uploaded.
Special Commissioner of Police (CP) Praveer Ranjan stated that a case has been registered for spreading disaffection against the government and the matter is under investigation.
The FIR cited the document that was shared by Sweden’s teen environmentalist, Greta Thunberg alleging it to be a toolkit for mobilizing global protests against India’s controversial agricultural laws. Greta Thunberg was alleged of participating in a criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.
“Sections in FIR are 124 A IPC — spreading disaffection against the government of India, it’s regarding sedition, 153 A — promoting hatred amongst various communities on social/ cultural/ religious grounds, same is 153 and 120 B for criminal conspiracy to give shape to such a plan,” said CP Ranjan.
In the last two days, many national and international celebrities spoke on the ongoing farmers’ protest. The wave started with a tweet from pop superstar Rihanna which said, “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest.”
why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest https://t.co/obmIlXhK9S
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Moments later, the globally known teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg came in support of farmers and tweeted, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
It was her second tweet in connection to the farmers’ protests that led to a huge social media war. “Here’s an updated toolkit by people on the ground in India if you want to help. (They removed their previous document as it was outdated.) #StandWithFarmers #FarmersProtest,” tweeted Thunberg.
Here’s an updated toolkit by people on the ground in India if you want to help. (They removed their previous document as it was outdated.)#StandWithFarmers #FarmersProtesthttps://t.co/ZGEcMwHUNL
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 3, 2021
She shared a google document which was later deleted. Delhi police filed an FIR on Thursday and have been investigating the matter to identify the creators of that toolkit.
Taking note of the Delhi police action, Greta Thunberg doubled her support and tweeted, “I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest.
No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest.”
I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest.
No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 4, 2021
Meanwhile, CP Ranjana clarified during a press conference, “We haven’t named anybody in the FIR, it’s only against the creators of toolkit which is a matter of investigation & Delhi Police will be investigating that case.”
Former adult star, Mia Khalifa also expressed her support and questioned the internet ban around New Delhi.
What in the human rights violations is going on?! They cut the internet around New Delhi?! #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/a5ml1P2ikU
— Mia K. (@miakhalifa) February 3, 2021
Taking note of the tweets which drew the world attention to the largest protest of history, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) condemned the tweets and stated, “It is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on the protests and derail them.”
Following the outrage and talks around the world, many celebrities, politicians, sportspersons, and other influencers wrote to Twitter.
No propaganda can deter India’s unity!
No propaganda can stop India to attain new heights!
Propaganda can not decide India’s fate only ‘Progress’ can.
India stands united and together to achieve progress.#IndiaAgainstPropaganda#IndiaTogether https://t.co/ZJXYzGieCt
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 3, 2021
Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed. We have the self confidence today to hold our own. This India will push back. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 3, 2021
“Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken.”#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropagandahttps://t.co/rGJiPvlM4D
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) February 3, 2021
No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA…
Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies. https://t.co/OIAD5Pa61a
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) February 2, 2021
Farmers constitute an extremely important part of our country. And the efforts being undertaken to resolve their issues are evident. Let’s support an amicable resolution, rather than paying attention to anyone creating differences. ??#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda https://t.co/LgAn6tIwWp
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 3, 2021
Don’t fall for any false propaganda against India or Indian policies. Its important to stand united at this hour w/o any infighting ??#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 3, 2021
We live in turbulent times and the need of the hour is prudence and patience at every turn. Let us together, make every effort we can to find solutions that work for everyone—our farmers are the backbone of India. Let us not let anyone divide us. #IndiaTogether
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 3, 2021
We must always take a comprehensive view of things, as there is nothing more dangerous than half truth. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda @hiteshjain33 https://t.co/7rNZ683ZAU
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) February 3, 2021
Agriculture is a very important part of the machinery of the Indian economic system. Farmers are the backbone of any country’s ecosystem. This is an internal matter which I’m sure will be resolved through dialogue. Jai Hind! #IndiaStandsTogether #IndiaAgainstPropoganda ??
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 3, 2021
Reaching a solution that benefits our great nation is of utmost importance right now. Let’s stand together and move forward together towards a better and brighter future. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 3, 2021
How silly. https://t.co/MVEcudz14c
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) February 2, 2021
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 2, 2021
Yes! Thank you so much @rihanna. This is a humanity issue! #IStandWithFarmers and this narrative is TIRED. ❤️ https://t.co/H0h5EM7mNW
— Lilly // #LateWithLilly (@Lilly) February 2, 2021
It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters. https://t.co/yIvCWYQDD1 pic.twitter.com/DxWWhkemxW
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 2, 2021
When George Floyd was brutally murdered in the USA by a policeman,our country rightly expressed our grief. #justsaying
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 4, 2021
If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 4, 2021