A British national has been arrested and tortured in the name of interrogation.
Jagtar singh johal went to India on holiday and to get married.
Jagtar Singh Johal’s family claim the he has been detained since November 4 and has since been physically tortured and electrocuted.
He has been accused of “influencing the youth through social media”.
The 30 year old went to India to get married and was arrested in jalandhar, Punjab and taken to police station in an unmarked vehicle.
Police torture is very common in India, Mr Johal’s family claims that he is being tortured to get a false confession of him. They have also criticised the U.K. Foreign Office for not helping.
Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman of the Sikh Federation (UK), said: “The Punjab police has been given a free hand to torture Jagtar for the last 10 days without the British High Commission taking any action to protect a law-abiding British citizen who had just been married and was spending time with his newly wed wife.”
“The callous actions of the Indian authorities are sickening, but the Foreign Office and the British High Commission appear to be under pressure not to act and will be accused of looking the other way.”
Mr Johal’s only crime is “running a magazine” which influences the youth and make peole aware of the genocide against the Sikhs in 1984 on social media
The Sikh Genocide was a series of deadly attacks by Hindus following the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. Thousands of people were killed in the anti-Sikh riots.
Mr Johal was bought to court to appear before a judge where the police were given custody for a further 5 days. The family or lawyer were not allowed to see him
The Sikh Federation (UK) has taken up the case and asked MPs to pressurise Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to force the Indian government to realese Mr Johal immediately
MP for West Dunbartonshire, Martin Docherty-Hughes said he has deep concerns about the situation Mr Johal is in and would do all in his power to help him and his family.
Mr Singh from The Sikh Federation (UK) said: “The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will feel our pressure in the next seven days in Parliament via hundreds of MPs who have been contacted by constituents who are unhappy with the lack of action to secure Jagtar’s immediate release and return to the UK.”
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, The Sikh Federation (UK) said: “In our view this is to allow the police to continue with their brutal torture to try and extract a false confession in the absence on any evidence against Jagtar Singh, who only visited Punjab this year to get engaged and married.
“His passport, that has been lodged by the family with the British High Commission in Delhi, proves he has not been to Pakistan as claimed by the police and the Chief Minister of Punjab.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with the family of a British man who has been detained in India.”
“Our staff have requested consular access from the Indian authorities so we can be assured of his welfare.”
He added: “We take all allegations or concerns of torture and mistreatment very seriously and will follow up with action as appropriate.
“When considering how to act, we will avoid any action that might put the individual in question or any other person that may be affected at risk.”