By Ravi Jalhotra And Sahil Pandey
New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): As Delhi police uncover details of the toolkit case, sources revealed on Wednesday that the UK-based Marina Patterson also contributed to another toolkit along with Nikita Jacob and Shantanu which spreads fake violence news.
According to Delhi police sources, two new names have been identified in the controversial ‘toolkit’ case related to farmers’ protest–Thilaka and UK-based Marina Patterson.
According to sources, Marina Patterson who is part of the UK-based Extinction Rebellion, along with Nikita and Shantanu drafted the toolkit which includes reports like the large number of farmer casualties, tear gas used against the protesters along with police atrocities which were to be shown in future.
It was called “Solidarity with Indian Farmers”.
In a timeline narrating the sequence of events, on December first week last year, Puneet from PJF connected with Nikita and Shantanu through Instagram.
On December 6, Disha, Nikita and Shantanu started a WhatsApp group. On December 11, an email id was created email@example.com. Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) started to work on 3 January itself on the 26 January 2021 plan. On January 9, ‘global day of action’ on 26th January 2021 was announced by PJF.
On 11th January, a Zoom meeting took place between all collaborators like PJF founder Mo Dhaliwal, Ankita Lal, Nikita, Shantanu and others. Similarly, another virtual invite was given to all in the name of global day of action.
From January 11 till 20, Nikita, Shantanu, Disha and others collaborated with others to finalise the toolkit content.
After series of meeting between the above mentioned participants, on January 18 the Askindiawhy.com site was launched.
The Google document draft toolkit was shared with Disha, Nikita and Shantanu for final vetting on January 20.
On January 23, Nikita shared the toolkit with PJF. The global day of action according to PJF is violent protest on January 26 in Delhi.
Shantanu also visited the protest site from 21-27 January physically. He along with Nikita and UK-based Marina Patterson drafted another set of content for next tweet storm on February 4 and 5. The toolkit provides fake news of farmer casualties and police atrocities for future use.
Disha shared toolkit with activist Greta Thunberg which was accidentally shared by her later on February 3 evening.
Disha after the incident took the admin rights of the toolkit and removed herself from it and then again shared an edited toolkit with Greta Thunberg on February 3 night in the name of ‘updated toolkit’ and later on she deleted WhatsApp group and other data on February 4.
According to the sources, the toolkit consists of many hyperlinks in the documents which talk about the violence.
While talking about the investigation, the police team first went to Nikita’s residence but initially she was not cooperating with the cops in front of the family. Next day she escaped from her house.
Similarly, Shantanu also fled from his residence.
On being asked about the financial angle and funding in this nexus, top Delhi police source said the financial angle can be proven only after all the arrests are made and bank accounts are investigated.
The account details of Shantanu, Nikita and Disha of past one year will be investigated and any links with farmer leaders will also be looked into.
Police have alleged that climate activist Disha Ravi, Mumbai lawyer Nikita Jacob and Pune engineer Shantanu, who have been booked in the ‘toolkit’ case were among the around 70 people who had attended the meeting. (ANI)
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‘One of the most experienced leaders’: PM Modi extends birthday wishes to BS Yediyurappa
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended birthday greetings to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, calling him one of the most experienced leaders who has devoted his life to farmers and the poor.
“Greetings to Karnataka CM @BSYBJP Ji on his birthday. Yediyurappa Ji is one of our most experienced leaders, who has devoted his life towards the welfare of farmers and empowering the poor. Praying for his long and healthy life,” PM Modi tweeted.
Born on February 27, 1943, BS Yeddyurappa, now 78, was first elected to the lower house of Karnataka Legislature in 1983 and has since represented the Shikaripur constituency seven times.
He was elected as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on 3rd February 2006 in the JD(S) and BJP Coalition Government. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka on November 12, 2007.
In Karnataka’s 2008 Assembly elections, Yeddyurappa contested from Shikaripura won the election and took the oath of office as Chief Minister on May 30, 2008.
He is the first person from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Chief Minister of a south Indian state and the first Chief Minister to present a separate agricultural budget. (ANI)
Fire breaks out at factory in Delhi’s Pratap Nagar, one dead
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): One body was recovered from a factory in the Pratap Nagar area of Delhi where a fire broke out on Saturday morning.
According to Fire Officer Rajinder Atwal, eyewitnesses informed that an LPG cylinder exploded following which the fire broke out.
“A Fire Service personnel is injured and admitted to hospital. We have successfully contained the fire,” he said.
A total of 28 fire tenders reached the spot to contain the fire.
Cooling operations are underway.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)
Political posters removed in Guwahati as Model Code of Conduct comes into force
Guwahati (Assam) [India], February 27 (ANI): Political posters from from public properties and government establishments were removed on Friday shortly after the Election Commission of India announced the poll dates for upcoming Assam Elections 2021 as the model code of conduct came into force.
The state administration started the process for the removal of political posters from public properties and government establishments immediately after the Election Commission of India announced the dates of elections in four states–Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, along with Puducherry.
“As soon as Election Commission notified the dates for polls today, the model code of conduct came into effect. We are removing the political posters and banners from all public places and government buildings,” said Lakshya Jyoti Das, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Kamrup-Metro, Assam.
Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates.
The term of the 14th legislative assembly of Assam is up to 31 May 2021. The Assembly elections for 126 seats will be held in three phases starting from March 27. In 2016 Assembly polls were held in two phases.
A total of 2,32,44,454 electors will elect the candidates in Assam for the 15th legislative assembly of Assam. Of the 126 seats, the number of reserved seats for SCs is eight and for STs it is 16. The number of polling booths in Assam has been increased from 24,890 to 33,530, an increase of 35.71 per cent.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said: “In Assam, elections shall be held in three phases. The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls. The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1. A total of 41 constituencies in 12 districts will go to polls on April 6.” (ANI)
PM Modi pays tribute to Sant Ravidas on birth anniversary
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the mystic poet, Sant Ravidas on the occasion of his birth anniversary, also known as Ravidas Jayanti, on Saturday.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, ” Saint Ravidasji gave messages on equality, goodwill and compassion centuries ago, which has inspired the countrymen for ages. I pay tribute to him on his birth anniversary.”
Sant Ravidas belonged to the bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century and his hymns are included in the Guru Granth Sahib. He is considered the founder of the 21st-century Ravidassia religion.
Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, which is the full moon day of the Magh month as per the Hindu calendar. (ANI)
Need for maintaining caution to overcome pandemic: Home Secretary to states, UTs
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): After extending COVID-19 guidelines till March 31, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday wrote to all states and Union Territories and said there is a need for maintaining caution and strict surveillance to fully overcome the pandemic.
Urging the officials to ensure the compliance of the guidelines, Bhalla said, “All activities have been permitted, subject to following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), issued by respective administrative Ministry and Department as well as the SOPs which are to be issued by the States and UTs.”
He further reiterated that there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries.
“As you are aware, the number of active and new cases in the country has substantially declined over the last few months. However, there is need for maintaining caution and strict surveillance so as to fully overcome the pandemic,” the official added. (ANI)
Jharkhand budget to be presented on March 3
Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], February 27 (ANI): The Budget session of the Jharkhand assembly started on Friday with an inaugural address by Governor Draupadi Murmu.
The session will continue till March 23 and the budget will be presented on March 3.
The Opposition in the state blamed that the government has made lots of false promises. The ruling party claimed that the budget is progressive and pro-people.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren claimed that this budget is realistic and opposition should realise this. (ANI)
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