US demands India provide updates regarding an alleged assassination plot.

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US demands India provide updates regarding an alleged assassination plot.

According to the US deputy secretary, the US often requests updates on the investigations of its inquiries and holds India accountable.

Washington: After foiling a purported plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a pro-Khalistan leader of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), on American soil last year, the US is now demanding responsibility from India. US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell disclosed that he has spoken with senior Indian government officials personally about the matter.
US demands India provide updates regarding an alleged assassination plot.
Sikhs for Justice leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

Indian national Nikhil Gupta was detained in the Czech Republic in June of last year on suspicion of organizing the assassination of Sikh leader and US citizen Pannun. On June 17, Gupta, who was extradited to the United States on June 14, entered a not guilty plea in a Manhattan court. Pannun is the leader of the Indian government-banned Sikhs For Justice.

Campbell, 65, emphasized the gravity of the issue in a virtual conversation with Washington-based Indian journalists. He emphasized, “An American citizen was targeted in the alleged plot.” He added that the US and India have had “constructive dialogue” over the issue. “We have repeatedly requested information and have made it plain that we want the Indian government to be accountable.

“We raised this issue directly with the Indian government…at the most senior levels between our two sides,” the senior US official continued. Campbell noted that India is taking the required institutional reforms into consideration and has responded to US concerns. He remarked, “I will add that we also think our Indian colleagues are closely examining what possible institutional reforms might be necessary.”

US prosecutors claim that an Indian government employee known only as “CC-1” gave Gupta the order to arrange Pannun’s murder. Gupta is accused of reaching out to someone he thought was a criminal accomplice, but who was actually a US law enforcement agent working undercover.

Following these claims, the Indian government formed a high-level inquiry committee to look into the situation. The results, nevertheless, have not been released to the public. Campbell mentioned that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan brought up the matter during his recent visit to New Delhi.

Campbell emphasized that talks between the United States and India are still underway. “Look, those talks between the United States and India continue in the wake of these allegations and reports, and I think anything further is likely to come through law enforcement channels,” he said.

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