Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Hardeep Singh Nijjar : “Canadian PM Investigates ‘Credible’ Links to India in Sikh Leader’s Murder”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Wilson Centre, has suggested that the relationship between the US and India will likely remain strong despite recent allegations of Indian government involvement in assassination plots. Kugelman stated that the partnership between the two countries, along with their shared concerns about China, will help the relationship “escape relatively unscathed.”

The allegations in question involve the recent charges filed in New York against an Indian citizen, Nikhil Gupta, accused of murder for hire and conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Prosecutors allege that a senior Indian government official directed Gupta in a plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh activist who supports the secession of Punjab from India. The US Department of Justice claims that Gupta offered $100,000 to an undercover law enforcement officer to carry out the assassination.

These allegations come after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that “agents of the Indian government” could be behind the assassination of Canadian Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The controversy surrounding Trudeau’s claims led to the expulsion of diplomats from both countries.

While India has expressed concern over the allegations, Kugelman believes that the differing responses from India and the US can be attributed to the way the accusations were made. Trudeau made his claims publicly, while the US took up the matter privately. Kugelman suggests that India’s response to the US would be less angry and defiant due to the private nature of the discussion.

Despite the seriousness of the allegations, analysts believe that the US will not alter its engagement with India. Derek Grossman of the Rand Corporation states that “the reality is DC needs New Delhi far more than the other way around” in their efforts to counter China. However, continued bad behavior from India could chip away at recent gains.

The US and India are currently conducting joint military exercises, and there are plans for a Quad leaders’ summit in New Delhi. Indian commentators have blamed the Biden administration for targeting India, while others have dismissed the allegations as comical and a ploy to malign the country.

In conclusion, while the allegations of Indian government involvement in assassination plots are concerning, experts believe that the US-India relationship will remain strong due to their strategic convergences and shared concerns about China.

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