Farmers’ Protest Toolkit: Delhi Police Files FIR

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday said it has registered an FIR against unnamed persons in connection with the “toolkit”, which was shared by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on Twitter, with a top official saying that the initial probe has suggested the document’s link with a pro-Khalistan group.

Asked whether the FIR has been registered against Thunberg, a top official of the Delhi Police said nobody has been named in the case.

Delhi Police’s remarks come in the backdrop of global celebrities such as singer Rihanna and Thunberg supporting the farmers’ protests against the three farm laws.

Lending her support to the farmers’ agitation, the teen activist had shared “a toolkit for those who want to help”.

“Here’s a toolkit if you want to help,” tweeted Thunberg, which takes the user to a document containing details on ways to support the protest.

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.

Addressing a press conference, Special CP (Crime) Praveer Ranjan said the Delhi Police has come across a document “toolkit” which has an action plan to spread social disharmony in the country and registered a case against its author on charges of criminal conspiracy, sedition and others.

He said the initial probe has revealed that the ‘toolkit’ has been created by a pro-Khalistani organisation.

He said documents uploaded on social media have a proper action plan about a digital strike on or before January 26 and tweet storms on January 23.

Logjam In Lok Sabha

Meanwhile Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the third consecutive day on Thursday as protests by Opposition members demanding a separate discussion on the three contentious farm laws created uproar, leading to repeated adjournments of the House.

As the House assembled after the third adjournment at 7 PM, the opposition members shouted slogans against the agri laws.

Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, appealed to the members to go back to their seats so that the House can function normally.

However, the House was adjourned for the fourth time till 8:30 PM as members did not yield to the request of the chair.

Earlier in the day, when the Lok Sabha assembled at 4 PM, members of the Opposition started shouting slogans against the government and the agri laws.

Few questions related to the ministry of roads and highways were replied by Union minister Nitin Gadkari.

But as sloganeering continued, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked members to return to their seats.

“Question Hour is the right of MPs…This behaviour is not good and I again request you all to return to your seats so that the House proceedings run properly,” he said.

Shouting slogans and showing placards are against parliamentary tradition, he added.

But the Opposition members refused to relent forcing Birla to adjourn the House till 5 PM after about 20 minutes of proceedings.

When the House re-convened at 5 pm, members of the Opposition again started raising slogans.

Some ministers and members laid papers on the table of the House, and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Bill, 2021.

Meenakshi Lekhi, who was in the Chair, asked the members to return to their seats, but they continued with their protests. Soon, she adjourned the House till 6 pm after about 15 minutes of proceedings.

When the House reassembled at 6 pm, the Opposition continued its protests shouting slogans and showing placards.

Agrawal, who was in the chair, appealed to the members to go back to their seats so that the House can function normally.

“You have every right to raise any issue that you would like to. Please exercise this right. Please go to your seats, please don’t show the placards. You can raise your issues through the discussion on the motion thanking the President for his address,” he said.

However, the opposition ignored his pleas and continued the protests, forcing Agrawal to adjourn the House till 7 pm after just 10 minutes of proceedings.

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