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A British man who was allegedly tortured in jail by police in India has been detained for a further two days, it has been reported.

Jagtar Singh Johal, from West Dunbartonshire in Scotland, has been in custody in Punjab for nearly a month after being accused of conspiracy to murder Hindu leaders.

On Saturday, the BBC reported he had his jail sentence extended for a further two days and would reappear at court in Ludhiana on Monday.

A new phase of the “Free Jaggi Now” campaign has been launched, urging people to contact their MP about Mr Johal.

In a letter to the public, organisers the Sikh Federation UK said: “I am deeply concerned and worried that despite the profile of this case the British authorities have been repeatedly prevented by the Indian authorities from obtaining private access to a British citizen alleged to have been tortured.

“The British authorities must take direct action to safeguard Jagtar by demanding an independent and full medical assessment that can detect the torture he has been subject to.”

The extension of Mr Johal’s sentence comes as John Swinney, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, said he would raise the issue with authorities while he is on a four day visit to India which began on Saturday.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are deeply concerned about the detention of Jagtar Singh Johal.

“Scottish Government officials have been in regular contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about this case.

“The Deputy First Minister will raise this issue while he is in India on a four-day trip to strengthen education and business links.”



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