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MSP raises Singh Johal case in Parliament

Local MSP Jackie Baillie has expressed her concerns in the Scottish Parliament over the treatment of a man from Dumbarton who has been imprisoned in India.

Jagtar Singh Johal was visiting India for his wedding when he was abducted by police officers in the state of Punjab on November 4.

His family and lawyers have said that he has faced extreme forms of torture, including “body separation techniques and electrocution to body parts”.

Jackie Baillie MSP has written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the High Commission of India about Mr Johal’s case and lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for action to support his family.  She has also asked the Scottish Government to use all possible diplomatic channels to help secure Mr Johal’s release.

Ms Baillie said:Mr Johal was visiting India to attend his wedding and for the first 10 days he was denied access to lawyers, representatives of the British high commission and his family. He has not been charged, he remains in police custody and he is continuing to be mistreated by the Indian authorities. I appreciate the representations that have been made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, I urge the cabinet secretary (Fiona Hyslop) to make urgent representations to the high commissioner of India and to use any diplomatic channels open to the Scottish Government to secure Mr Johal’s release.”

 

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