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Watch: Journalist asylum seeker fears his life is in danger if he's deported

A writer and human rights campaigner has said that he fears for his life if he's deported from the North West.

Amitt Bhatt, who lives in Greater Manchester, faces an appeal hearing on Friday.

Mr Bhatt fled from India two years ago and claims he was tortured following an investigation into government corruption there.

Tim Scott reports.

Pm 'has the power' to bring jailed India husband home

The wife of an ex-soldier from Merseyside is asking the Prime minister to bring her jailed husband home.

Paul Towers, from Bootle, was convicted of illegally possessing firearms in India. His wife Ann says it's unthinkable he could spend years behind bars.

Ashley Derricott has more:


Wife pleads for Government help to bring jailed husband home from India.

The wife of a man from the Wirral who's been jailed for five years in India is calling on the government to do more to bring him home.

Paul Towers who's originally from Bootle was jailed on Monday along with five other British men for allegedly possessing illegal firearms. His wife Ann says the idea of her husband spending five years in prison is unthinkable.

Manchester celebrates India's contribution to the First World War

Credit: Imperial War Museum

A special event was held at the Imperial War Museum North today to commemorate the Indian contribution in World War One.

The Jullundur Brigade was made up of soldiers from the North West, who fought side by side in the trenches with Sikhs, muslims and Hindus.

100 years ago today, they stood together at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle were the brigade suffered heavy losses.

Our reporter Paul Crone has this report:

For more information on this event and many others visit the Imperial War Museum's website.

Manchester celebrates India's contribution to the First World War

India's contribution to World War One will be celebrated at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester Credit: PA

Several hundreds guests are expected to attend an event at the Imperial War Museum North to mark the Indian contribution to the First World War.

The Jullundur Brigade, which was part of the Manchester Regiment and was made up Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus fought at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle 100 years ago today. The Brigade suffered heavy losses. Military personnel, civic dignitaries and leaders from the Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faith will be present at tonight's ceremony.

This incredible archive footage was provided by the Imperial War Museum North.


Jailed security guards 'will be bailed' in India

Two security guards from the North West will be bailed next week after spending months in an Indian prison.

Ray Tindall, from Chester, and Paul Towers, from Bootle, were arrested as they helped to protect ships from pirates in the Indian Ocean.

Coastguards raided the former soldiers' vessel and accused its crew of weapons offences.

An ITV News correspondent says a magistrate has signaled that the pair, along with their four fellow guards, will be released.

Families of jailed ex-soldiers present their petition at Downing Street

The relatives of six former soldiers who've been jailed in India after protecting ships from pirates, took their campaign to Downing Street today.

Ray Tindall, from Chester, and Paul Towers, from Bootle, were among those providing security for ship crews, when they were arrested and charged with taking weapons into India's territorial waters.

Paul's father, Don Towers, called on the government to do more to secure the men's release.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.

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