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White House lauds India setting up its own probe into alleged plot to kill Sikh separatists

Washington, Dec 1 (PTI) The White House on Thursday praised New Delhi for launching its own investigation into US allegations of involvement of an Indian official in the foiled plot to assassinate separatist Sikh leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

The unnamed Indian official appeared in a Manhattan court on Wednesday in an indictment filed by federal prosecutors along with an Indian citizen whom the Justice Department alleges he tried to kill Pannun, an outspoken critic of India and supporter of the cause, in the US. Someone was hired. Separate Khalistan.

“These are allegations in this investigation, (we) take it very seriously. And we are pleased to see that the Indians are also announcing their own efforts to investigate this. And we are clear that we will not “These alleged crimes must be held appropriately accountable,” John Kirby, coordinator of strategic communications at the National Security Council at the White House, told reporters at a press conference here.

However, this will not have any impact on India-US relations, he said, noting that the US revealed the conspiracy after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to the US.

“I want to be careful here not to overstep the Justice Department and talk about ongoing investigations. I would just say two things. India remains a strategic partner and we will continue to work to improve. Kirby Responding to a question, he said, “Strengthen strategic partnership with India. “At the same time, we take it very seriously.”

The Justice Department in an indictment charged Indian national Nikhil Gupta with murder-for-hire conspiracy for his alleged role in a plot to kill a Sikh American man. Gupta is accused of conspiring with an Indian government employee to recruit and pay a killer to carry out the murder.

“We are deeply troubled by these reports and the potential threat they pose to the safety of our community. Since 2020, SALDEF has been tracking incidents of censorship of diaspora Sikh voices and today’s indictment is not an isolated incident, but part of a broader pattern is to silence Sikh voices,” said Kiran Kaur Gill, executive director of SALDEF, which describes itself as a national Sikh American impact organization focused on building leadership and capacity in the Sikh American community.

Gill said, “If these allegations are true, it would be a serious violation of international law and a blatant example of international repression.” PTI LKJ Tir Tir Tir Tir

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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