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Briton arrested in India being tortured by police, campaigners say

Jagtar Singh Jaggi was arrested on November 4 from Rama Mandi of Jalandhar and was produced before the Baghapurana's Duty Magistrate on November 5.

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". His crime unknown. Indian authorities refuse to give any information.

Last week the chief minister of Punjab and the local police chief released a statement saying they were holding Mr Johal on grounds of financing the purchase of weapons used in the killing of prominent Hindu leaders in Punjab.

Speaking to STV News, his brother Gurpreet said: "I am outraged by this".

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

Bhai Amrik Singh, the chair of the Sikh Federation (UK), said the British High Commission had not taken any action to protect a law-abiding British citizen.

In her letter Preet Kaur Gill said: "I am writing to you as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs (APPGBS); a cross-party group that contains Labour, Conservative, Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrat officers and members".

It is running a lobbying campaign using the hashtag #FreeJaggiNow.

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.

The Punjab government has claimed that Jagtar is among a group of four suspects arrested on allegations of fanning communal disturbance in the state.

That period on remand has now been extended to 17 November.

Captain Amarinder Singh, chief minister of Punjab, said last week that those arrested were using encrypted mobile software and apps for communication with handlers based in Pakistan and had been trained overseas.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs urge United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson to ensure that Jagtar Singh Johal, arrested earlier this month by Punjab Police for his alleged role in targeted killings in the state, has his rights as a British citizen protected.

Member Parliament of Labor Party for Slough Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi while appealing from his twitter account for "just treatment" for "Jaggi" said "With regards to the Jagtar Singh Johal (Scotland) arrest in India, I have already contacted @foreignoffice, @HCI_London and other members of APPGBS, Hoping that as a response, he will be justly treated".

Last week the federation said it feared Mr Johal had been targeted over his work highlighting the Sikh genocide in 1984 and amid claims he was "influencing the youth through social media".

"Our staff are in contact with the Indian authorities regarding his case".



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