US awaits outcome of India’s investigation into plot to assassinate Sikh leader

Washington: The US has said that it is awaiting the result of an Indian government investigation into American Prosecutors’ charges against a man they said was “recruited” by an Indian official to assassinate a pro-Khalistan leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil.

The US State Department Spokesperson, Mathew Miller, Miller talking reporters at his daily news briefing said, “When this alleged incident was brought to our attention, we made it very clear at the most senior levels of our government to the most senior levels of the Indian government how seriously we would treat something like this.”

“They (Indian government) have opened an investigation into the matter and we look forward to seeing the results of that investigation,” he added.

Last week, federal prosecutors in Manhattan, New York, said Nikhil Gupta, 52, worked with the Indian government employee, whose responsibilities included security and intelligence, on the plot to assassinate a New York City resident who advocated for a sovereign state of Khalistan. Prosecutors at that time did not name the Indian official or the target. Gupta was arrested by Czech authorities in June and is awaiting extradition.

The charges come after a senior Biden administration said earlier that the US authorities had thwarted a plot to kill a Sikh leader in America and issued a warning to India over concerns the government in New Delhi was involved.

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