Scots newlywed arrested in India ‘tortured by police’
CAMPAIGNERS calling for the release of a Scots newlywed arrested in India say he has been tortured by police.
Jagtar Singh Johal, of Dumbarton, was detained in Jalandhar in the Punjab on November 4.
The Sikh Federation UK that no official charges have yet appeared – but local media reported Mr Johal’s arrest was linked to the killing of Hindu leaders. The federation said the 30-year-old should be enjoying married life but ‘finds himself the subject of some sort of conspiracy hatched by the Punjab police and leading politicians’.
Mr Johal, who was married in India in October, has told lawyers he has been tortured with ‘body separation techniques and electrocution to body parts’. At a court hearing on Tuesday to extend his remand until the end of the week, Mr Johal’s lawyer requested an independent medical examination of his injuries.
Last week, the Foreign Office said it was in contact with Mr Johal’s family and the Indian authorities regarding the case.
The federation said it had contacted more than 100 MPs who are concerned about the case. Chairman Bhai Amrik Singh said: ‘The callous actions of the Indian authorities are sickening, but the Foreign Office and the British High Commission appear to be under pressure not to act and will be accused of looking the other way.
‘The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will feel our pressure in the next seven days in Parliament.’