Scot un­der ar­rest in In­dia is be­ing tor­tured by po­lice, cam­paign­ers say

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By PAUL WARD

Cam­paign­ers for a Scot ar­rested in In­dia say he has been tor­tured by po­lice.

Jag­tar Singh Jo­hal from Dum­bar­ton was de­tained in Ja­land­har in the state of Pun­jab on Novem­ber 4.

The Sikh Fed­er­a­tion UK said no of­fi­cial charges have yet ap­peared against the West Dun­bar­ton­shire man but lo­cal me­dia re­ported Mr Jo­hal’s ar­rest was linked to the killing of Hindu lead­ers in Pun­jab.

The group said that 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 got 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 yes­ter­day, which saw his pe­riod in re­mand ex­tended un­til the end of the week, Mr Jo­hal’s lawyer re­quested an in­de­pen­dent med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of his in­juries.

Last week, the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice said it was in con­tact with Mr Jo­hal’s fam­ily and In­dian au­thor­i­ties re­gard­ing the case.

The Sikh Fed­er­a­tion said it has con­tacted more than 100 MPS who are con­cerned about the case.

Bhai Am­rik Singh, chair of the Sikh Fed­er­a­tion, 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.”

He con­tin­ued: “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.”

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