The Daily Record – Family of ‘tortured’ Scot held in India to meet foreign secretary after 500 days in custody

Jagtar Singh Johal claims he’s been subjected to horrific electric shock torture by authorities after his arrest in November 2017.

Dumbarton – Scotland – UK, 29 March 2019. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to meet the family of a Scottish Sikh who has been held in India without trial .

Jagtar Singh Johal is alleged to have been tortured and mistreated during his incarceration of more than 500 days.

The 32-year-old from Dumbarton has been held since November 4 2017 after travelling to the Punjab for his wedding.

It is alleged that while in police detention Mr Singh Johal was tortured by electric shocks to his ears, nipples and genitals, his limbs being forced into opposite directions and forced sleep deprivation.

His arrest has been reported to be linked to the killing of Hindu leaders in Punjab.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has previously raised the case in the House of Commons and called on Mr Hunt to meet with his constituent’s family.

The Foreign Secretary has now invited Mr Docherty-Hughes and Mr Singh Johal’s relatives for a meeting.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our staff continue to support a British man and his family following his detention in Punjab.

“We continue to visit him regularly, and raise concerns with the government of India about his case, including allegations of torture and mistreatment and his right to a fair trial.

“The Prime Minister has raised his case with Prime Minister Modi, and Minister for Asia Mark Field has raised it on multiple occasions, most recently with the Indian Foreign Secretary on March 12.”