- UPDATED: February 15, 2021 17:58 IST
Protesting farmers have extended support to 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi who was arrested by the Delhi Police for her alleged involvement in creating the ‘toolkit’ shared by Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
Releasing a press note, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha condemned Ravi’s arrest and demanded her release.
“Samyukta Kisan Morcha is deeply concerned and anguished about the brazen misuse of police power by the government in its efforts to weaken the ongoing farmers’ movement. It condemns the arrest of young environmental activist Disha Ravi without due procedures being followed. SKM demands her immediate unconditional release,” the statement said.
In the statement, the SKM also said that climate activists were supporting the farmers’ protest as further exploitation due to the three new farm laws may push farmers to engage in more environmentally unsustainable practices to make ends meet.
Additionally, the SKM also reiterated it has given a call for rail roko action (rail blockade) across India on February 18 for four hours.
Echoing the SKM’s sentiments, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee also condemned Disha Ravi’s arrest.
Adding that the “terrified Modi government is killing humanity by arresting a 21-year-old girl”, the KSMC also called for the withdrawing of sedition cases against several journalists in light of their reportage of the January 26 violence in Delhi.
Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist was arrested from Bengaluru on Saturday for allegedly sharing with Greta Thunberg the “toolkit” related to the farmer’s protest against the Centre’s farm laws.
Delhi Police claimed that Disha Ravi, who was arrested by a cyber cell team, was an editor of the “toolkit Google doc” and the “key conspirator” in the document’s formulation and dissemination.
Greta Thunberg, a teen climate activist, had shared the “toolkit” to lend her support to the farmers’ agitation against the three farm reform laws.
In the document, various urgent actions, including creating a Twitter storm and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which were needed to be taken to support the farmers’ protest.
Disha Ravi’s arrest in Bengaluru, transit to Delhi and court hearing have created a wave of uproar across India as politicians, activists and academics are calling for her immediate release.