UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Personally Briefed On #FreeJaggiNow Campaign

LONDON – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was personally briefed on #FreeJaggiNow Campaign on Thursday night.

Sukhvinder Singh, an adviser to the Sikh Federation (UK) and Assistant Secretary General of the Sikh Council UK shared a train with Corbyn and his Shadow Ministers as he travelled from London to Birmingham New Street.

This provided Sukhvinder Singh an ideal opportunity to speak to Corbyn and provide a personal briefing on the latest situation with regards to the illegal detention and torture of Jagtar Singh Johal by Indian police.

Corbyn was concerned with Indian police treatment of the 30-year old Scot from Dumbarton who has alleged police torture.

He expressed his disquiet with the method of abduction, the lack of access to lawyers, British consular staff and family for the first 10 days, Jagtar’s allegations of third degree torture, the fact he remains in police custody rather than judicial custody and the refusal to grant an independent medical examination.

Jeremy Corbyn said he would discuss the matter with Preet Kaur Gill, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs and Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and try and meet with Jagtar’s family and campaigners early next week.

They also had an opportunity to discuss the Labour Party manifesto commitment for an independent public inquiry into UK involvement in the 1984 Sikh Genocide and anti-Sikh measures against British Sikhs by the UK government at the behest of the Indian authorities.

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