The United States has charged an Indian citizen with plotting to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader. The New York prosecutor’s office said in a statement today that the accused Nikhil Gupta was detained by the Czech authorities in June this year and is awaiting his extradition. ČTK is trying to get a statement from the Czech authorities.
“He planned a plot from India to assassinate an American citizen of Indian origin who publicly advocated for the creation of a sovereign Sikh state right in New York,” said Manhattan federal prosecutor Damian Williams. According to him, the Czech authorities detained Gupta on the basis of a bilateral agreement on June 30.
An unnamed official in US President Joe Biden’s administration said last week that US authorities had foiled a plot to kill Sikh leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a US-Canadian citizen. According to this anonymous source, Washington also fears that the Indian government was also involved in the conspiracy.
Canada has also accused India of being involved in the assassination of a Sikh in September. She made the announcement after Hardeep Singa Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and supporter of a separate Sikh state in India, was shot dead outside a Sikh temple in suburban Vancouver this June. In 2020, the Indian government designated him as a terrorist because he supported the creation of an independent Sikh state of Khalistan in the Indian Punjab region.