Amid the diplomatic tensions between India and Canada over the killing of Canada-based Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, United States federal prosecutors have accused an Indian intelligence official of planning and directing a plot, from India, to allegedly kill Khalistan separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in New York.
Nikhil Gupta, an Indian man, has been reportedly arrested for planning to assassinate Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the US. The plot involved an unnamed Indian government employee and an undercover US agent, according to media reports.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, the defendant conspired from India to assassinate, right here in New York City, a U.S. citizen of Indian origin who has publicly advocated for the establishment of a sovereign state for Sikhs…”
The explosive allegations, contained in a U.S. Department of Justice indictment that was publicly released on Wednesday, accuse a senior Indian intelligence official, as yet unnamed but referred to as CC-1, of masterminding the assassination plot.