The brother of a Dumbarton man imprisoned abroad for two years has only been able to speak to him three times.

Since being moved to a prison in Delhi, India, Jagtar Singh Johal – known as Jaggi – has only been given two phone calls this year, the Reporter was told.

Jaggi’s brother Gurpreet claimed the first call was only 90 seconds long, so he wasn’t even able to find out what bare essentials he needed sent.

Gurpreet said: “The second call was bit longer, five to six minutes. He was still trying to say what clothes were needed. So it was a very quick call, saying I need trainers, I need jeans, I need t-shirts’.”

Jaggi was arrested in Punjab on November 4, 2017, and his family claim he has been tortured and mistreated in the prison where he has been held without trial for 730 days.

Gurpreet added: “I’ve been on the go for the last two years, bouncing my head off walls, with the Indian and UK governments. I woke up this morning thinking has it really been two years.”

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A report issued by the All-party parliamentary group (APPG) on deaths abroad, consular services and assistance highlights Jaggi’s case as an example of failure by the Foreign Office. The report contains damning comments from his family.

Gurpreet told the APPG: “My brother’s life is at risk. He is being kept in inhumane and degrading conditions for a crime he did not commit.

“The way his case has been handled is outrageous and the UK should feel ashamed.”

Speaking to MPs, Jagtar’s wife said: “I am consistently disappointed with the UK government’s lack of effort to have one of their citizens returned home safely.

“Despite the Foreign Secretary’s reassurances, it is clear to me that he has not actually done anything for my husband.”

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said: “Back in November 2017, I received a distraught call from Jaggi’s family in Dumbarton desperate for answers.

“Their son and brother had been arrested in circumstances akin to a kidnapping.

“Having travelled to India for his wedding, Jagtar’s subsequent mistreatment and traumatic account of his torture during detention caused international outrage.

“Two years later and the Indian authorities continue to deny Jagtar the right to an independent medical examination. Despite countless court hearings, my constituent is yet to be formally charged and not a single shred of credible evidence has been presented against him.

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“The longer this goes on, the worse it gets for Jaggi’s family here in West Dunbartonshire who have been tireless in their fight for justice.

“This arbitrary detention cannot be allowed to continue – it’s time for the Indian authorities to grant Jagtar a fair trial or release him to return home to his family.”

Supporters have organised Jaggi Awareness Week, November 3-9, and have asked people to join in by using the hastag #FreeJaggiNow.

For information about how to help, email

Gurpreet met Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad on October 24.

After they met, Lord Ahmad told the Times Scotland: “I had a constructive discussion with Jagtar Singh Johal’s family about his case. We continue to provide consular assistance to Jagtar, and our staff in India regularly visit him. We will continue to raise this case with the Indian government.”

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “Our staff continue to support a British man and his family following his detention in India. We continue to visit him regularly, and raise concerns with the government of India about his case, including allegations of torture and mistreatment and his right to a fair trial.”