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India External Affairs Ministry rejects report on secret memo of Hardeep Singh Nijjar Sikh separatists in US Canada

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday categorically rejected a media report alleging the existence of a “secret memorandum” directing consulates to crack down on Sikh diaspora organizations in western countries. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi condemned the claims and termed them “false and completely fabricated”. He categorically said, “There is no such memorandum,” and insisted that such reports are part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India.

Bagchi asserted in a statement, “The concerned outlets are known to propagate fake narratives spread by Pakistani intelligence. Those who promote such fake news do so only at the cost of their own credibility.”

The reaction comes after The Intercept claimed in a report that the State Department had issued a “confidential memorandum” in April 2023, asking consulates in North America to initiate a “refined action plan” against Sikh diaspora organisations. Instructions were given. The report claims that the memo lists Sikh separatists, including Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar, under investigation by intelligence agencies.

The report further alleges that the document seeks to counter groups such as Sikhs for Justice, Babbar Khalsa International, Sikh Youth of America, Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast, World Sikh Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, as well as consular officials and Indians. There has been a call for cooperation between intelligence agencies. America.

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America shared inputs, Canada did not: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Pannun, Nijjar conspiracy

Earlier, the US had linked an Indian official to an alleged attempt to assassinate Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

Addressing the issue in the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India has constituted an inquiry committee to probe the inputs received from the US regarding the alleged conspiracy to murder Pannun. Jaishankar stressed that the issue had implications for national security, which led to the decision to initiate an investigation.

Regarding Canada’s allegations of possible involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Jaishankar clarified that India has not received any specific evidence or inputs from Ottawa. He said, “As far as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or input was provided to us. So the question of treating two countries, one of which has provided input and the other has not, is fair does not arise.” Is”, as quoted. By news agency PTI.

Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national, is facing charges from US federal prosecutors for allegedly collaborating with an Indian government official in a foiled plot to assassinate Pannun, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September raised concerns about the “possible” role of Indian agents in the June killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian territory. India has vehemently denied these allegations.

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