Next week, relatives of a group of former British soldiers who were jailed in India, are planning to deliver a 100,000-strong petition to Downing Street urging the UK Government to intervene.
Supporters including families of the six men are planning to hand over the petition urging Prime Minister David Cameron to step in to help their loved ones be released.
The six soldiers, who are listed below, were arrested on 12 October 2013 and have remained in an Indian prison since 24 October.
- Billy Irving from Connel, Scotland
- Nick Dunn, from Ashington, Northumberland
- Ray Tindall from Chester
- Paul Towers, from Yorkshire
- John Armstrong from Wigton, Cumbria
- Nicholas Simpson from Catterick, North Yorkshire
The men were working for US private maritime company AdvanFort providing anti-piracy protection when their ship was detained.
According to the men, Indian authorities claim the vessel entered Indian waters illegally with weapons on board, despite AdvanFort apparently insisting the ship had the correct papers.
They were granted bail in December but after objections from Indian officials, are yet to be released.
A further bail hearing is due to take place today, and the petition, set up on online platform Change.org, calls for the men to be released and also for the UK Government to act as guarantors.
According to relatives, an Indian security adviser has said that if the British Government were to provide assurances, the men would most likely be released.
The petition will be delivered to Downing Street by relatives including Mr Irving's girlfriend Yvonne MacHugh next week.
They had originally planned to deliver it on Thursday but are waiting for imminent news on the men's situation.