Delhi Police has filed an FIR against the 'toolkit' shared in a tweet posted by the teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in support of the farmers' protests in India. Apart from Greta, pop icon Rihanna's solidarity with the farmers' agitation attracted global attention to the matter.
According to earlier reports, Delhi Police had booked Greta Thunberg and charged the teen with Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race) and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy). However, the police clarified that nobody has been named in the FIR.
A report by NDTV stated that the Delhi Police filed the FIR against the "elements" who were trying to take advantage of the farmer protests and "one account" had posted a toolkit that was authored by a group called the "Poetic Justice Foundation".
According to Delhi Police, the foundation belongs to a "Khalistani organisation". Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner of Police, said the toolkit "exposes the conspiracy by an organized overseas network" to instigate the farmer protests.
Greta who is also rumoured to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, had tweeted, "We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India" on Tuesday night (February 2). Two days later, she reacted to being called out by netizens on social media and wrote, "I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. No amount of hate, threats or violations of human rights will ever change that. #FarmersProtest."
Before Delhi Police's action, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a statement on Tuesday asking celebrities to refrain from sensationalising the issue for the sake of popular hashtags.
"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. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible," it read.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it is "unfortunate" that some vested groups are garnering international support. MEA's statement had been shared by several Bollywood celebrities including, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, Suniel Shetty and others.