JALANDHAR : Not wanting to start a diplomatic war of words with India, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has given a carefully worded comment on allegations of torture made by British national Jagtar Singh Johal, who has been arrested by the Punjab police. He was been nabbed for his alleged role in the targeted killings of eight people, mostly religious leaders, in the state and has accused Punjab police of torturing him in custody. The police officials have denied the allegations.
Speaking to BBC Radio, May said on Monday evening that she was aware of the concerns expressed by Johal’s family. “I am aware of the concerns expressed for Jagtar Singh Johal. Representatives from the foreign Commonwealth office have met Jagtar Singh Johal and obviously pursuing the case and looking at this case and watching what is happening with concern. We will take action necessary,” May said.
Meanwhile, the UK government told its Parliament on Tuesday that it took allegations of torture of its citizen seriously. The West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty asked how the Secretary of State was working with the office of the Prime Minister “to assist my constituent and his family”.
Foreign office minister Rory Stewart replied, “We take any allegations of torture very seriously. This is completely unconstitutional. It is offensive to the British government. We take extreme action if a British citizen is being tortured.” Several UK MPs have expressed concerns about allegations of torture.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had on November 7 claimed that his police force had cracked the string of targeted killings of religious leaders in the state by busting a terror module managed by Pakistan’s ISI. Among the killings linked to this module were those of senior RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd), senior RSS activist Ravinder Gosain, Pastor Sultan Masih and a Dera Sacha Sauda supporter father-son duo. Johal was among the four people arrested initially.
There is no use finding fault with the EVMs now when the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power,” Chandigarh-based The Tribune quoted Mann as saying.
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