Updated 5:35 am, Dec 17, 2017

Indian diplomats face protest in Melbourne over Johal’s alleged torture | SNE

By  the times of india .
Nov 20, 2017

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JALANDHAR: Protest against the alleged torture of UK national Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi in Punjab Police’s custody reached Australia. Indian high commissioner and consul general faced protests when they went to a gurdwara in Tarneit, a suburb of Melbourne in Australia on Saturday.
The protesting Sikhs raised the issue of alleged torture of Jaggi and claimed that fresh round of hounding of Sikh youths had started in Punjab. The incident happened outside the main hall of the gurdwara.
On Saturday, as consul general Manika Jain reached the Tarneit gurdwara some Sikh youths started raising slogans of ‘free Jaggi now’.
Speaking to her they alleged that not only Jaggi was tortured but several other Sikh youths were being prosecuted in the state. After some time, the Indian high commissioner A M Gondane also reached there and he also faced similar slogans and questions.
The protesters also said the Indian officials could visit the guudwara anytime as devotees but they would protest if they would use the visits to gurdwaras with a purpose of keeping tab on Sikhs and profiling them.
The agitated protesters also mentioned the massacre of Sikhs in November 1984 in Delhi and elimination of several Sikhs in fake encounters in Punjab.
Jalandhar: Canadian politicians, including two ministers of Justin Trudeau‘s government, have also flagged the issue. Canadian minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi, who was himself branded a terrorist and tortured in police custody after he was arrested in 1988 in Bihar, tweeted, “From my own experience, everyone should have access to human rights and a fair trial. I have great sympathy for Jagtar Singh Johal.”

While re-tweeting Sohi, Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan posted on his Twitter handle, “I echo my colleague’s comments and greatly concerned about these reports. Human rights need to be respected.”
New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted, “Even the allegation of torture should rattle a lover of democracy & human rights to their inner most core. That’s why reports of torture, including electrocution, of Jagtar Singh Johal by Indian Authorities is deeply chilling & requires immediate attention.”
Canadian MPs Randeep Singh Sarai and Raj Grewal wrote a joint letter to the Indian high commissioner in Canada, Vikas Swarup, stating that many human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Ensaaf had concerns since the 1980s about human rights violations carried out by members of Punjab police.

 

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