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An Indian officer’s name emerged in the US media as a suspect in the ‘plot’ to kill Pannu

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A report in the American newspaper The Washington Post claimed that at the time of the alleged plot to kill American citizen and supporter of Khalistan, Graptunat Singh Pannu, RAW chief Samant Goyal ordered to ‘remove Sikh fundamentalists living abroad’ from pressure.

Graptunat Singh Pannu. (Image credit: X/@SortedEagle)

New Delhi: New information has come to light regarding the allegations of a conspiracy against the Indian authorities to try to kill the American citizen and pro-Khalistan lawyer, Graptunat Singh Pannu.

A report by the American newspaper The Washington Post claims that the unnamed Indian accused by the US authorities of the alleged plot to kill Pannu is a former officer of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and his name is Vikram Yadav Is.

The report also said that at the time of the alleged plot to kill Pannu, RAW chief Samant Goyal was under ‘considerable pressure to eliminate the alleged threat of Sikh fundamentalists living abroad.’

As for whether National Security Adviser Ajit Doval knew about or approved the ‘conspiracy’, the report quoted US officials as saying that Doval wanted to kill Sikhs abroad They may have known about, or approved, the plan, but he emphasized that there was ‘no’. substantial evidence of it.

Former Indian officials who spoke to the Washington Post said they knew both Goyal and Doval, and that Goyal could not have carried out the assassination plot without Doval’s approval in North America.

In November last year, US prosecutors alleged that Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national, was ordered by an Indian government official to kill a man in the US (Request for Main’s services).

He also linked the plot to kill Pannu to the killing of Hardeep Singh Nagar in Canada in June. Gupta is currently facing extradition proceedings to the United States after being arrested in the Czech Republic.

Pannu has dual citizenship of the USA and Canada and works as a lawyer for a group called ‘Sikhs for Justice’, which is banned in India. The Indian Union Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Pannu a terrorist.

After the failure of the plan, a series of charges in Ra

The Washington Post quoted a former Indian security official as saying that Yadav was not reinstated as a junior officer in the RAW, but after a few years in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). As a result, Yadav lacked the ‘necessary training and expertise’ to mount such a large campaign in North America.

According to US prosecutors, ‘Yadav’ had chosen one person, Nikhil Gupta, to kill Pannu.

In the Washington Post report, it is said with reference to former Indian officials that, after the failure of the plot, a series of accusations began within the ‘RA’ regarding the decision to transfer this responsibility to ‘Yadav’.

A former officer said Yadav was sent back to the CRPF after the botched plot came to light.

‘RA officials arrested and expelled as Modi Govt targets Sikhs Abroad’

It is worth noting that as a result of RAW’s increasing activities against NRIs, officers and agents of this Indian intelligence agency have been arrested or expelled in many countries including Germany, UK and Australia. Earlier, the German law enforcement agency has accused Indians of spying on Sikhs and Kashmiris living in the country.

The Washington Post reports that Samant Goyal was warned by the British Domestic Intelligence Service in 2014 and 2015 due to RAW’s ‘surveillance and harassment’ of Sikhs in the UK. He was the head of the Raw station in London at the time.

Australian officials told the Washington Post that the country’s intelligence chief in 2021 when he said some foreign officials were trying to surveil its expatriate community, infiltrate local police departments and steal sensitive security information from Australian airports were caught doing, then they referred only to Ra.

India’s test claim

India has formed a high-level committee to investigate the allegations made by US prosecutors, but there is no information about who is on the committee and what stage the investigation has reached.

In a media briefing held on April 25, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that the high-level committee is reviewing several pieces of information shared by the US side, as they equally affect our national security.’

Meanwhile, the Indian government said in a statement on Tuesday that the Washington Post report made “unfair and baseless allegations on a serious matter” and that a high-level committee was investigating the matter.

The Washington Post report also states that when the US government came to know about the alleged plot to kill Panna, it refrained from taking any strong action against India, but the Indian government has decided to take action against those pressures, the she considers him responsible for the plot.

White House officials warned the Indian government earlier this month that the Washington Post was going to publish a story that would reveal new information about the case, the report said, noting the potential implications of the “conspiracy” becoming public. The newspaper says the White House did it without telling them.

Earlier this month, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the US had made it clear to the Indian government that it wanted India to conduct a full investigation into the Pannu case and was waiting for the results of the investigation.

According to the Washington Post, US officials have said that Modi and “his closest officials” have promised accountability in the case. They also say that if India does not fulfill this promise, Yadav “could still face other charges and penalties”.

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