BJP youth wing activist Priyanka Sharma says she won’t apologise for posting Mamata Banerjee’s morphed picture

Kolkata: BJP youth wing activist Priyanka Sharma walked out of jail on Wednesday. She had been arrested for posting a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Facebook. But the young BJP activist said she would not apologise.

“I don’t have any regrets. I have not done anything for which I will have to apologise,” Sharma told reporters at the BJP office here.

She was released at 9.40 am from the Alipore jail after five days following a Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said Sharma’s arrest was prima facie arbitrary and pulled up the West Bengal government for the delay in releasing her.

The apex court, which initially said Sharma’s apology would be a bail condition, later clarified that it would not be a condition for bail, but she should apologise for sharing the post at the time of her release.

Sharma had allegedly shared on Facebook the photo in which Banerjee’s face has been morphed on to actor Priyanka Chopra’s picture from the MET Gala event in New York. Her arrest was followed by protests from the BJP and other social media users.

‘I was tortured in the jail’

The BJP activist alleged that she was harassed and tortured inside jail. “I was tortured in the jail. Even the jailer pushed me yesterday. I told them I am not a criminal that you are pushing me into the jail room like this,” she said. “They behaved very rudely. The condition inside was very bad.”

Local BJP leaders and her mother were present outside the jail in south Kolkata when she was released.

“Me and my family has gone through much agony which I think I don’t deserve,” Sharma said.

Her brother, Rajiv Sharma, alleged that the jail authorities violated the Supreme Court order by not releasing her on Tuesday.

(With agency inputs)