Nicola Sturgeon urged to help Sikh man Jagtar Singh Johal after 'electrocution torture' in India

Scottish Government 'deeply concerned' over Sikh 'detained and tortured' in India

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to help Jagtar Singh Johal

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Scottish Government has said it is "deeply concerned" over a Scot who has been detained in India and may be suffering torture.

Jagtar Singh Johal, a Sikh from West Dunbartonshire, was imprisoned in the northwestern city of Jalandhar earlier this month after getting married in October, according to The Herald.

The Sikh Federation UK has claimed no official charges have been made against Johal, however local media suggests his imprisonment is linked to the murders of Hindu leaders.

Johal has told lawyers that, whilst under detention he has been tortured with ''body separation techniques and electrocution."

Scotland's external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop has talked of her deep concern for Johal and has been told by the Foreign Office that it is attempting to contact him.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office has said: "When considering how to act, we will avoid any action that might put the individual in question or any other person that may be affected at risk."

The leader of the Glasgow Gurdwara temple has now also sent a letter to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, requesting help to release the man.

It read: "We are concerned that the authorities may be using methods of torture against Jagtar, and this is highly likely given the history of the Punjab police and by the fact that no family member, legal representative or British Government representative has been able to meet Jagtar and vouch for his location or his physical and mental wellbeing."