DUMBARTON'S MSP has told the Scottish Government of her concern for a man from the area who has been arrested in India.

Jackie Baillie has written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the High Commission of India about Jagtar Singh Johal’s case and lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for action to support his family.

Mr Johal was visiting India for his wedding when he was abducted by police officers in the state of Punjab on November 4.

His family and lawyers have said that he has faced extreme forms of torture, including, "body separation techniques and electrocution to body parts".

Speaking to the Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, she said:“The cabinet secretary will be aware that Mr Johal was visiting India to attend his wedding and that for the first 10 days he was denied access to lawyers, representatives of the British high commission and his family.

"He has not been charged, he remains in police custody and he is continuing to be mistreated by the Indian authorities.

“I appreciate the representations that have been made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, I urge the cabinet secretary to make urgent representations to the high commissioner of India and to use any diplomatic channels open to the Scottish Government to secure Mr Johal’s release."

Mr Johal had a sack thrown over his head and was forced into a van by plain-clothes officers on November 4, the Sikh Federation UK said.

The 30-year-old was reportedly out shopping with his wife and cousin when the incident happened in Jalandhar in the state of Punjab.

He has since appeared in court.

Mr Johal’s crimes reportedly include “running a magazine” in the UK of atrocities during the 1984 Sikh Genocide and “influencing the youth through social media”.

His brother and local MP have both called for British authorities to intervene.

Mr Johal, who recently married, is said to have been in the country since October 2 for his wedding.

His whereabouts and condition remain unknown, the Sikh Federation said.

His elder brother Gurpreet Singh Johal said: “Unless the British authorities quickly step in this will guarantee a law-abiding British citizen will be illegally detained for some time and will not receive a fair trial. He should be immediately released and returned to the UK.”

Martin Docherty-Hughes, SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire, has been supporting the family.

He confirmed he has further meetings lined up for this week in the bid to bring Mr Johal home and has already written to the Prime Minister asking for her support, as well as campaigning with Mr Johal's family.

Mr Docherty-Hughes told the PM: "These last two weeks have been extremely worrying for them and for the wider Sikh community in Scotland as they become aware of a range of issues relating to Jagtar’s treatment and lack of access to independent medical assessment.

"As yet, there have been no charges made against Jagtar and he has been sent back to prison pending another hearing, in India.

!At this worrying time, the family have asked that I write to you to see if they could meet with you, however briefly, at a place convenient to you, to personally advise you of the predicament they now face? I do hope you will be able to accommodate them."