On February 14, Bengaluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested by Delhi Police citing that she edited the toolkit Google Doc on farmers’ protest shared by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The police also alleged that Disha is a key conspirator in the toolkit’s formulation and dissemination.
Since then multiple Twitter accounts have surfaced that claim to be the official account of Disha. At the time of writing this article, the bio of @climatedisha reads, “Climate activist from India. Fridays for Future. Account presently handled by her cousin sister”. The account has tweeted six times out of which two tweets have been retweeted about 4,000 and 8,000 times (archived link 1 and 2). The second tweet which states “this is the only account dedicated to her” has gained over 24,000 likes. In both the tweets, the user has identified herself as Disha’s sister.
The News Minute journalist Prajwal Bhat tweeted pointing out that according to Disha’s friends that this was not her account.
A fake account claiming to be Disha Ravi’s sister and managing her account in her absence is believed to be genuine by many including journalists. Recently, multiple imposter accounts of Bharat Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait were also created. Several people, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, fell for one such account created in Tikait’s name.