#FreeJaggiNow: Supporters take social media as Johal spends 500th day locked up

Tuesday 19th March 2019 13:36 EDT

Theresa May last week said that the case of British Sikh murder suspect Jagtar Singh Johal, currently in an Indian jail for over a year was being dealt 'actively' by ministers. 

But supporters of Jaggi Johal, who is allegedly tortured by police in India, took to social media to highlight his case as he spent his 500th day locked up.

Jaggi was detained in the Punjab region after his wedding in late 2017 and is accused of funding a Sikh group that allegedly killed right-wing Hindu figures and has spent more than one year in jail.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, the family's local MP, called upon Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to meet with the Johal family, which includes Johal’s solicitor brother Gurpreet.

Docherty-Hughes, the MP for West Dunbartonshire, tweeted: “500 days no evidence & trial by media – time for @Jeremy_Hunt to stop passing the buck to officials & other Ministers – time to meet me & the Johal family.”

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: “The British Sikh community is disgusted that Jagtar is being treated as a 2nd class citizen by the Foreign Office.

“Jagtar appears not only to be at a disadvantage because of his Scottish identity and being represented by an SNP MP, but also because he is a Sikh activist.

“Quite simply the lack of action taken by the Foreign Office to date to protect Jagtar smacks of racism and being frightened to stand up to the Indian authorities.”

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