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Over 70 British MPs Raise The Plight Of Wrongly Impression And Torture Of Indo-Brit Jaggi Johal At The Hands Of Punjab-Indian Police

Jagtar Singh Johal was among five people arrested in connection with the targeted killing of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja. But police have provided no evidence against Johal while torturing him in prison. Over 70 British MPs signed a letter by Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill to prime minister Theresa May, raising the issue of alleged torture of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal, who was wrongly arrested in Punjab in November 2017.

LONDON – More than 70 MPs from different political parties have signed a letter by Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill to prime minister Theresa May, raising the issue of alleged torture of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal, who was arrested in Punjab in November 2017.

Seeking an urgent statement in the Parliament from foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the letter referred to reports in the British media about Johal being tortured. He has been denied an independent medical examination, the letter said.

Johal’s arrest has often been raised by British ministers and officials with Indian counterparts, including during the April visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A team that included Andrew Ayne, the British deputy high commissioner at Chandigarh, had a 65-minute consular access meeting with Johal at Ludhiana on November 24, 2017, a Punjab police spokesperson claimed without providing any clarification of existing evidence of Johal’s torture.

Gill, who is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Sikhs, wrote in the letter: “We have also written to the chief minister of Punjab, captain Amarinder Singh, but to no avail.

“In light of these shocking new allegations, I call on you to use all the diplomatic means at your disposal to ensure that the Government of India abides by the rule of law and ensures that Mr Johal is not subjected to torture.”

Signatories include Indian-origin MPs such as Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (all Labour Party).

Amrik Singh, chair of the campaign group Sikh Federation (UK) said: “We thank Preet Kaur Gill, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs and its eight vice-chairs from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party for raising the plight of Jagtar Singh Johal.”

Johal was among five people arrested in connection with the targeted killing of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja. He has been accused of involvement in arranging funding and weapons for militants involved in five killings in 2016 and 2017. But police have provided no evidence against Johal while torturing him in prison.

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