Scots new­ly­wed ar­rested in In­dia ‘tor­tured by po­lice’

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Paul Ward

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.’

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