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Journalist to appeal failed asylum bid

A writer and campaigner who fled India for Manchester amid torture claims is fighting deportation.

Amitt Bhatt says he had to leave the country after exposing corruption in the country. His bid for asylum failed, today he'll appeal that decision by the Home Office.

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Amitt Bhatt Credit: ITV News

Following the publication of his second book about Kashmir, he was arrested by the Indian police in early February 2011 and tortured and beaten until his escape from detention in mid-March 2011. After this, he went into hiding for three years, moving frequently around the country. In April 2014, he left India and claimed asylum in the UK.

Amitt's wife Manjeet was also threatened because of his work and was forced to leave India in March 2011.

The lack of safety for journalists in India is a serious concern to the NUJ, our sister unions in the country and the International Federation of Journalists. Amitt's journalistic activities would make him particularly vulnerable given the current situation in India.

– National Union of Journalists