U.S. Indictment: Indian Official in Assassination Plot

  Dec 01, 2023

Alleged Assassination Plot by Indian Official: U.S. Indictment


The U.S. Department of Justice has released an indictment accusing a senior Indian intelligence official (referred to as CC-1) of orchestrating an assassination plot against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a U.S.-based Khalistani activist. Pannun, wanted on terror charges, is a vocal advocate for a sovereign Sikh state. The indictment alleges that CC-1 enlisted Nikhil Gupta to arrange the murder, with Gupta subsequently arrested in the Czech Republic.

Key Details:

Accused Official: An unnamed senior Indian Intelligence officer.

Target: Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Khalistani activist in the U.S.

Alleged Conspirator: Nikhil Gupta, who hired a hitman.

Link to Another Case: Similarities with the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, also allegedly linked to Indian agents.

U.S. Stance: Strong condemnation of assassination attempts on U.S. soil; commitment to protect U.S. citizens.

Indian Response: Formation of a high-level committee to investigate the U.S. allegations.

International Diplomacy: The issue has been raised at senior levels, including the U.S. President and other key officials.

Timeline: The conspiracy dates back to May 2023, with significant developments and arrests following.

Implications and Responses:

U.S. Jurisdiction: The U.S. emphasizes its jurisdiction over crimes against its citizens on its soil.

India's Inquiry: The Indian government's response indicates a serious approach to these allegations, although details of the investigation are still emerging.

International Relations: This incident could strain India-U.S. relations, especially considering the high-level attention it has received.


The indictment represents a serious allegation of international conspiracy and assassination plots involving high-level government officials. The evolving situation demands close attention as investigations proceed in both the U.S. and India.



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