Last week, the US Justice Department alleged that an Indian government official directed an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist on US soil
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer arrived in India, leading a US delegation. He noted the formation of an investigative panel by India to probe an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist on US soil.
“Finer acknowledged India’s establishment of a Committee of Enquiry to investigate lethal plotting in US and the importance of holding accountable anyone found responsible,” the White House said in a statement.
The US Justice Department had alleged that an Indian government official directed an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist on its soil, while it announced charges against a man accused of orchestrating the attempted murder. US officials have named the target of the attempted murder as Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh separatist who is dual citizen of US and Canada.
India expressed concern about one of its government officials being linked to the plot, from which it dissociated itself, as being against government policy. India said that it would formally investigate the concerns aired by the US and take “necessary follow-up action” on the findings of a panel set up on November 18.
This disclosure happened 2 months after Canada said there were “credible” allegations linking Indian agents to the murder of another Sikh separatist leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in a Vancouver suburb. India has rejected these allegations.