U.S. authorities thwarted a conspiracy to assassinate Sikh separatist on American soil and has issued a warning to the Indian government over its involvement in the plot, according to multiple people familiar with the case.
The target of the plot was Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, an American and Canadian citizen who is general counsel for Sikhs for Justice, a U.S. based group that is a part of the movement advocating for a separate Sikh state called “Khalistan.”
It is not clear if the protest to New Delhi led to the plotters abandoning their plan, or whether the FBI intervened and foiled a scheme in motion, as per the reports by Financial Times, citing sources who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the news.
The United States informed some of its allies about the plot following the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh separatist, which happened in Vancouver, Canada, in June. In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that there was “credible evidence” linking New Delhi to the fatal shooting of Nijjar.
One person familiar with the matter stated U.S. protest was issued after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rather high-profile visit to Washington D.C. in June.