November 23, 2023
NEW DELHI – The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday responded to a report that claimed the United States has foiled a plot to kill Khalistan extremist and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) co-founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and raised the issue with the Indian government “at the senior most level”.
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, when asked about the the report, said that the US government has shared “some inputs” that were being “examined by “relevant departments.”
He said the inputs were related to a “nexus between organized criminals, gun runners, terrorists and others” which is a concern for both the countries.
“India takes such inputs seriously since it impinges on our own national security interests as well,” Bagchi said.
The report published by the UK daily Financial Times claimed that “US authorities thwarted a plot to kill a Sikh separatist in the United States and issued a warning to India over concerns the government in New Delhi was involved.”
The report named SFJ founder Pannun, who was booked by India’s anti-terror probe agency NIA over his video threatening to fliers of Air India. Earlier today, the NIA also conducted raids on several premises linked to the Sikh extremist’s SFJ in Punjab.