Nikita Jacob of toolkit infamy has confessed, Delhi Police says, that a Zoom meeting was held before Republic Day, where one of the participants was founder of the Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) Mo Dhaliwal. Delhi Police has asked for the details of others who attended that meeting held on 11 January on Zoom. Following the ‘confession’, Delhi Police has stepped up the investigation into the infamous toolkit tweeted by self-styled environmentalist Greta Thunberg, tracing its links to Khalistani groups in Canada.
Police on Monday had said that 70 people, including Dhaliwal, Nikita Jacob and Disha Ravi, attended the meeting.
According to sources, the police are investigating the role of several farmer leaders in spreading anarchy in the capital city of Delhi too.
In a document handed over to Mumbai Police through her lawyer, Nikita confessed to the Zoom meeting. According to news agency ANI, Nikita claimed that the toolkit was produced by volunteers from Extinction Rebellion (XR) India.
Jacob said that she did not share any information with Greta Thunberg. It was, she claimed, only an “information pack” not designed to incite violence. Jacob has sought protection from arrest for four weeks — even as the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court granted an anticipatory transit bail for 10 days to her alleged accomplice Shantanu Muluk.
Delhi Police has written a letter to Zoom, asking for details of the online meeting that the pro-Khalistan PJF organised on 11 January with the objective of preparing the toolkit in support of the farmers’ demonstration while also allegedly spreading anarchy in Delhi. On Monday, Delhi Police had said that 70 people had attended the Zoom meeting.
According to police, Dhaliwal of the PJF, associated with the Khalistani movement, contacted Nikita Jacob through Puneet, another resident of Canada and member of the PJF.
On Monday, Special Cell Cyber Cell’s Joint CP Prem Nath had said that they got carried out a search operation against Nikita Jacob on 9 February. The officer said the cops examined her mobile phone and other electronic gadgets on 11 February at her house in Mumbai.
The police interrogated her the next day, but she went underground. Jacob is a lawyer by profession, with a law degree from Pune. According to police, digital evidence from Disha Ravi revealed that Shantanu had played an important role in preparing the toolkit. Shantanu is an engineer who hails from Pune.
The toolkit was circulated also by a Bhajan Singh and Pieter Frederick. It is, therefore, suspected that the conspiracy trail would finally reach Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.
The gradually fizzling out farmers’ movement is but going on along three borders of Delhi since 27 November — with the crowd of attendants thinning of late.
The tractor rally by farmers had taken a violent turn on Republic Day, with the activists storming the Red Fort, hoisting Sikh flags on some of its canopies and assaulting policemen on the way.
On 4 February, a lot of details about the toolkit were out in the open. Police then filed a case against the people who made it.