The British Foreign Office has requested consular access to check the welfare of a Scot arrested in India who campaigners say has been tortured by police.
Jagtar Singh Johal from Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, was detained in Jalandhar in the state of Punjab on November 4, reports The Times.
The Sikh Federation UK said no official charges had yet appeared, but it had been reported in India that Mr Johal’s arrest was linked to the killing of Hindu leaders in Punjab, added the British newspaper report.
Mr Johal, who got married in India in October, has told lawyers he has been tortured with “body separation techniques and electrocution to body parts”.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it took allegations of torture “very seriously” and was taking action to check on his welfare, the report said.
Campaigners for the Scottish arrested in India say he has been tortured by police using electrodes, according to an earlier report at Daily Record.
Jagtar was snatched off the street by police officers in Jalandhar in the state of Punjab on November 4. It is claimed he had a sack thrown over his head and was forced into a van by plain-clothes cops.
Mr Johal, who appeared in court earlier on 14 Nov, has now told lawyers he has been tortured with “body separation techniques and electrocution to body parts”.
His brother Gurpreet told STV news: “I am outraged by this. My brother has been tortured and when I saw the pictures from the court he looks emaciated and has lost a lot of weight.
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