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.
“All I want and pray for is that my husband comes home and we can start our life together, but I worry about him and my mental and physical health because of all this suffering.”
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. . .
“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. “
SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes raised the issue in the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, telling Parliament: “The Prime Minister is well aware of my constituent Jagtar Singh Johal, who was abducted by plain-clothes officers while shopping. with his new wife in Jolanda City, Punjab on November 4.
“In the intervening years, Mr. President, allegations of torture have been ignored and the apparently strong words of your government on the case have been overshadowed by enthusiasm for a trade agreement with the Republic of India.
“Therefore, Mr. President, as we approach the fourth anniversary of Jagtar’s arrest tomorrow, without the government of India pressing charges in the case, will this government be able to grant the slightest of favors to the wife of Jagtar and his family in Dumbarton and declare their arbitrary detention. “
In response, Johnson said, “Mr. President, I thank you for the campaign that you have been running for a long time. And what I would tell you is that the closeness of our relationship with India in no way diminishes our willingness to bring that case to the government of India.
“In fact, the foreign secretary raised it only the last time she was in India.”
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"