Fam­ily of man held in In­dia fear he is be­ing tor­tured for confession

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CAROLYN CHURCHILL

Mr Jo­hal’s crimes re­port­edly in­clude “run­ning a mag­a­zine” in the UK telling of atroc­i­ties dur­ing the 1984 Sikh Geno­cide and “in­flu­enc­ing the youth through so­cial me­dia”.

He ap­peared in court on Fri­day, where his fam­ily and lawyers said they were de­nied ac­cess to him. He is due to be held on re­mand un­til Fri­day.

The Sikh Fed­er­a­tion (UK) has taken up the case and said it was lob­by­ing MPs to push For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son to take ac­tion.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, SNP

Jag­tar Singh

Jo­hal has been in cus­tody for more than a week.

MP for West Dun­bar­ton­shire, has said he is “deeply con­cerned” about the sit­u­a­tion and is supporting Mr Jo­hal’s fam­ily.

Mr Singh said: “The Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Sec­re­tary will feel our pres­sure in the next seven days in Par­lia­ment via hun­dreds of MPs who have been con­tacted by con­stituents who are unhappy with the lack of ac­tion to se­cure Jag­tar’s im­me­di­ate re­lease and re­turn to the UK.”

The For­eign Of­fice has said it is in con­tact with Mr Jo­hal’s fam­ily and with the In­dian au­thor­i­ties re­gard­ing his case.

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