Indian arrested in conspiracy to kill Khalistani terrorist Pannu
Khalistani Separatist Pannun: The US has accused an Indian citizen of conspiring to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. Without naming Pannu, the US claimed it had foiled an alleged plot to kill an American citizen who advocated for a separatist Sikh state. The name of the Indian citizen accused by the US of conspiring to kill a Khalistani terrorist is Nikhil Gupta. It has been alleged in the charge sheet that Nikhil Gupta was asked to do this work by an employee of the Government of India. Nikhil is accused of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. American lawyers say that this conspiracy was hatched from India itself.
The Khalistani terrorist who was the victim of this so-called conspiracy has not been named in the documents submitted to the US court. However, his name is Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and he is suspected to have dual citizenship of Canada and the US. The Indian government had earlier said it had launched an inquiry into US security concerns regarding the plot. Soon after the allegations came to light, the White House said it had raised the issue with the Indian government at a senior level. Indian officials responded with surprise and concern, it said.
Before the US, Canada had accused India of killing Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurdwara in Surrey County. A few months after the massacre, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in the massacre in Parliament. India had reacted sharply by rejecting Trudeau’s allegations. Both countries expelled one diplomat each. Later, India also stopped Canada’s visa service and expelled many Canadian diplomats from India.