The wife of a Scottish Sikh imprisoned in India issues a new appeal for his release

The wife of a Scottish Sikh imprisoned in India issues a new appeal for his release
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The wife of a Scottish Sikh imprisoned in India without trial celebrated the fourth anniversary of his arrest by calling on the Government to secure his urgent release.

Jagtar Singh Johal of Dumbarton was arrested on November 4, 2017 after traveling to Punjab for his wedding, and local media linked his arrest to the murder of Hindu leaders in the area.

The Sikh Federation (UK) says Singh Johal was abducted by plainclothes Indian police officers while shopping with his wife Gurpreet Kaur.

The UK government must listen and act to ensure my husband’s release and return after 4 years of imprisonment.

Singh Johal has repeatedly voiced allegations of torture and ill-treatment by the Indian authorities.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, marking four years since her husband’s arrest, Ms. Kaur Johal called on the government to intervene in the case of Mr. Singh Johal.

She said: “Today marks 4 years since that terrifying day when the police snatched and kidnapped Jaggi from my arms. I still have nightmares from that day and Jaggi’s subsequent torture.

“The UK government must listen and act to ensure my husband’s release and return after 4 years of imprisonment.

“We were hopeful that all charges against Jagtar would be dropped at the last hearing in October 2021, but the case was once again postponed to January 2022 as the Indian authorities were unable to present any evidence in court.

Ms. Kaur Johal also requested a face-to-face meeting with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, adding: “I need Liz Truss as Foreign Secretary and as a wife to look me in the eye and tell me when I will meet my husband. . .

November 4 marks four years since the arrest of Mr. Singh Johal (Family Brochure / PA) / PA media

“I am suffering in silence and it is difficult for me to continue. I want you to meet with me so that you can hear about my pain. “

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