MP Preet Gill calls on India to send Jagtar Singh Johal back to the UK

By 13th November 2017 0 Comments



Edgbaston MP Preet Gill has called on India to return a British man who was arrested while on holiday and accused of “influencing the youth through social media”.
The Sikh Federation UK said Jagtar Singh Johal from Dumbarton, Scotland, had a sack thrown over his head and was forced into a van by plain-clothes officers on November 4.

The 30-year-old had gone to India to get married, and he was reportedly out shopping with his wife and cousin when the incident happened in Jalandhar, in the state of Punjab.
Mr Johal’s crimes supposedly include “running a magazine” in the UK about atrocities during the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in India, and “influencing the youth through social media”.
Ms Gill (Lab Birmingham Edgbaston), chair of the all-party Parliamentary group for British Sikhs, has written to Home Secretary Boris Johnson asking him to intervene, as well as the Indian High Commission to the UK.
Ms Gill said the charges appeared to relate to campaigning Mr Johal had been involved in while in the UK. He should be returned to the UK and receive a fair trial if there was evidence against him, she said.

She said: “What we hear now is that he is being charged with some sort of act of terrorism, but nobody really knows.




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