This Wednesday, India said it had formed a committee of inquiry after the United States expressed concern about an alleged conspiracy to murder and kill an American citizen of Indian origin, a well-known separatist leader of the Sikh religion.
As the Financial Times newspaper explained in a November 22 report, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a U.S. and Canadian citizen who was designated a terrorist by India, was the target of an assassination plot that was foiled by intelligence agencies. American secret service. The same day, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said that Washington was “treating the matter with the utmost seriousness,” adding that it hoped “those responsible will be held accountable.” Previously, Canada also accused India of being involved in the killing of another separatist leader on its territory.
The U.S. government brought the matter to the attention of Indian authorities, Watson said in a statement, and they in turn said that “activities of this nature are not part of their policy” and promised to investigate the incident.
“On November 18, 2023, the Government of India constituted a high-level inquiry committee to investigate all relevant aspects,” the Asian country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
However, Indian authorities downgraded Washington’s concerns to “information about the connection between organized crime, arms traffickers, terrorists and others.” “India takes this type of information very seriously as it also affects our national security interests,” Foreign Affairs said. Pannun is the founder of Sikhs for Justice, a U.S.-based organization accused by India of promoting acts of terrorism and radicalizing youth in favor of the Khalistani separatist movement, which seeks to create an independent homeland for Sikhs in India’s Punjab.