The arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi has created widespread outrage with many including politicians, activists and poets among those condemning the police.
Former minister Jairam Ramesh called the arrest and detention "completely atrocious." He tweeted, "Completely atrocious! This is unwarranted harassment and intimidation. I express my full solidarity with Disha Ravi."
Meanwhile, Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted, "I strongly condemn the arrest of Disha Ravi and urge all students and youth to raise their voices to protest against the authoritarian regime #ReleaseDishaRavi.
Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted stating 'Disha's arrest is the latest escalation in India's crackdown on free expression.'
Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, "Some serious charges applied against a 21-year-old for sharing a ‘dangerous' toolkit. As per BJP our nation is so weak that a written document about farmer agitation shared by an international celebrity will lead to its ‘breakup' The nation is much stronger than this toolkit, BJP".
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted "Those with weapons are afraid of a defenseless girl".
Reportedly, activist groups said that it was "extremely worried for her safety and wellbeing" and demanded the immediate release of her.
The Delhi police have “picked up” 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru in connection with the controversial Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’. The Delhi Police have taken Bengaluru-based Disha Ravi to Delhi for allegedly “sharing”, “spreading”, and possibly “adding” to the toolkit in question. She was arrested from her house in Soladevanahalli based on an FIR filed by the cybercrimes unit of the Delhi police, making this the first arrest in the matter. However, other sources claim that while she was picked up from Bengaluru, her arrest was officially recorded in Delhi.