British Media Question India Reason Behind Jaggi Johal Arrest

The family of a Scottish Sikh man detained in India without charge say they do not feel safe to travel to the country.Jagtar Singh Johal, 31, has now spent 100 days in custody since he was arrested in Punjab on November 4, shortly after his wedding.
Speaking in Glasgow on Monday, Gurpreet Singh Johal said his brother, known as Jaggi, was a friendly, bubbly person, who should be enjoying “the happiest time of his life” after his wedding.
Gurpreet said: “Various allegations have been made against Jaggi that he has been accused of funding right-wing murders, however no evidence has been provided in relation to any of this.
“No charge sheet has been filed and 100 days on we are still waiting to hear what exactly Jaggi has been charged with.
“We are also concerned that the UK Government are not able to protect its citizens. Jaggi has been subject to third degree torture, extreme action was promised but it’s not been taken.
“On November 7 the chief minister of Punjab stated they had all the evidence but 100 days on it still isn’t clear.
“It’s ended any right to a fair trial, 100 days have elapsed and they have sought another 90 days so it’s causing concern of what’s actually going on.”
Gurpreet said his brother may have translated documents to English for a website about the 1984 Golden Temple massacre of Sikhs, but there was no evidence of the alleged crimes.
He said: “It appears that (the police) may have got the wrong person but to save face they keep on going down this route of keeping him as long as they can and glorifying some of these allegations in order to keep him there longer.”

Jagtar Johal has had limited access to his gamily and to a lawyer, and also that their reports of torture to the authorities have not been investigated.
The family’s local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes says the Foreign Office have not done enough: “The call is very clear to the Foreign and Commonwealth Officeand to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnston to up their game and recognise Jaggi’s family require their fuller support in tackling these accusations in India.
“There is no way to defend Jaggi.
“And if there are to be no charges the Indian authorities have to get on with it and let him go.”
Josie Fathers from anti-torture charity Redress says the situation is severe: “We want to make sure Jaggi’s rights are protected, the allegations of torture and ill treatment are investigated fully and that he receives an independent medical examination as soon as possible.
“We need to make sure he receives the medical care he needs and has private visits from British consulate staff and his lawyer and his family.
“We are extremely concerned by the nature of his allegations and that is why we took his case to the UN.”
The Indian High Commission says the case against Mr Johal is following due process.

REDRESS brought Jagtar’s case to the attention of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in December 2017.
Rupert Skilbeck, director of REDRESS, said: “The UK government has said that extreme action would be taken if a British citizen is being tortured.
“We remain seriously concerned about Jagtar’s treatment in detention, and it is crucial the UK does everything in its power to ensure his rights are protected and any torture is immediately stopped, he is provided with any medical care needed, and receives proper due process.”



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