Mysuru: The girl who has been receiving a lot of backlash for holding up a placard reading "Free Kashmir" during a protest at the University of Mysore's Manasagangaotri campus on January 8, apologised for her actions in a video released on Friday, January 10.
Stating that her actions were misinterpreted, Nalini B, after receiving interim bail from a city court in the sedition case, clarified, "My only intentions were to bring notice to the internet shutdown that has been (im)posed on Jammu (and) Kasmir for the past five months. I am not affiliated to any organisation whatsoever. I am a simple person who's interested in the functioning of my country and I never intended to cause any kind of hatred."
Nalini, an alumna of UoM, added that she was ready to cooperate with the police investigation and appear before them when needed.
"I want to sincerely apologise to the department of police and the public for the confusions caused by the poster I held," she said towards the end of her video apology.
It can be recalled that the Jayalakshmipuram police had suo moto booked Nalini, Maridevaiah (president of the University of Mysore research Scholars' Association) and others under sections 124-A (sedition) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.
While granting her the interim bail, the Second Additional District and Sessions Court judge J R Mendonca asked Nalini to never repeat the offence or tamper with evidence. The court also told her not to leave its jurisdiction.
The interim bail will be valid till further orders are issued or Nalini's petition is disposed of, whichever is earliest, and according to a report by TOI, the petition hearing has been scheduled for January 14.
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