Detained sailor Nick Dunn has given an insight into his Indian prison hell, which includes sharing a cell with 20 men.
Nick, from Ashington, was sentenced to five years in prison by an Indian judge after being charged, along with five other British men, with gun offences.
And following a recent visit by his sister Lisa for his 30th birthday, Nick has given an insight into his daily life.
In a cell of 20 men, they have a hole in the floor for their toilet and share two 20-litre bottles of water.
After being woken at 5.30am, they can walk around the prison between 6.30am and 8.30am, before being confined to the compound for the next eight hours.
Nick said: “I’ve made weights with bricks, tree branches and tied with a bed sheet.
“We have to cook our own food. Two boiled eggs, one each for breakfast and lunch. One evening meal, small piece of chicken made with what they can muster - potatoes, rice, veg, etc.
“We play chess, ludo, and read books throughout the day.”
And Nick’s plight has been raised in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, who is pushing for their immediate release.
He said: “If – and it’s a big if – there was any wrongdoing, then surely the company should be held liable, not individual employees who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“These men are highly-qualified security guards, who were doing a valuable public protection job, and I’ve seen those.
“I have here copies of the export licenses which show the firearms were legally exported from the UK.
“I have nothing but respect for the Indian government’s fight against illegal firearms.
“But in this case they have the wrong people.
“I call for the Indian government to urgently review this case, and to secure their immediate release.”