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Sikhs reach out to 50 UK MPs over Jagtar Singh ‘Jaggi’ Johl’s arrest | SNE

By  Times of India .
Nov 14, 2017


Sikhs in the UK have launched a ‘#FreeJaggiNow’ campaign to seek release of UK national Jagtar Singh ‘Jaggi’ Johl, who according to his family, has been falsely implicated by Punjab Police in case of targeted killings in the state.
UK Sikhs are contacting their local MPs, urging them to write to the Indian High Commission in London over the treatment meted out to a British national and his family members in India.

Martin Docherty, MP of West Dunbartonshire, where Johl and his family have been living, has already expressed his concern at his arrest and has said that he will help his family to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, Sikh Federation UK, which is also campaigning to seek the UK’s intervention in the matter, on Monday said 50 MPs had been confirmed as contacted by Monday morning and also gave out their names.

“We are well on our way to contact 100 MPs by the end of today before Jagtar appears in court on Tuesday. We are confident this number can be doubled within the first week of the campaign,” said Sikh Federation chair Amrik Singh.

“Many MPs are also expected to lodge official complaints with the Indian High Commission in London on the unfair and illegal treatment of the British national in India and threats by Indian police to his family members living in the UK,” said Gurjeet Singh, national press secretary of the Federation.
Earlier on November 10, MP Martin Docherty tweeted “deeply concerned about the arrest and imprisonment in India of my constituent Jagtar Singh Johl. I have given my full support to Jagtar’s family here in West Dunbartonshire and will be doing all I can as their MP to help resolve the matter.” He has even pinned a tweet titled #FreeJaggiNow with a video clip and has asked people to retweet. The 44 seconds long video clip has slides saying – “Jagtar Singh Johl has been kidnapped/tortured shortly after his wedding in India by the notorious Punjab Police. His crime unknown. Indian authorities refuse to give any information. Will you help save his life” – and asks people tweet tagging their local MP (to seek help for him). MP Docherty has also expressed gratitude for cross party support for Jagtar.
 All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs chair MP Preet Kaur Gill tweeted thanking Docherty for “raising this matter with the APPG Sikh” and further said, “we shall be working with you to address this.” She has been quoted by the Sikh Federation saying that she has also met Jagtar’s family and has been in touch with shadow foreign secretary. She has also been quoted saying that she has drafted a letter to be sent out from herself and a cross party group of MPs to the foreign secretary, Indian High Commission and the British High Commission in Delhi.

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