Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun : Indian National Charged in Failed Assassination Attempt on Khalistani Leader in US

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Federal prosecutors in the United States have charged an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, for his involvement in a failed assassination attempt on Khalistani leader and designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil. The 52-year-old Gupta has been charged with murder-for-hire, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

According to US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Matthew G Olsen, Gupta agreed to pay $100,000 to kill Pannun, who is living in New York. The charges state that Gupta arranged for an associate to deliver an advance payment of $15,000 in cash for the murder. While the US citizen involved in the plot has not been named, it is believed to be Pannun, as reports emerged about the US thwarting a plan aimed at his assassination and warning India about its involvement.

Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national, was arrested and detained by Czech authorities on June 30 this year, pursuant to the bilateral extradition treaty between the United States and the Czech Republic. Gupta was an associate of the individual referred to as CC-1, who hired him to carry out the assassination. The US Department of Justice revealed that Gupta had described his involvement in international narcotics and weapons trafficking in his communications with CC-1 and others.

The plan to assassinate Pannun was foiled through the efforts of US law enforcement. Gupta contacted an individual whom he believed to be a criminal associate but was actually a confidential source working with US law enforcement. Gupta agreed to pay the undercover officer, who posed as a hitman, $100,000 to carry out the murder. However, Gupta instructed the officer not to commit the murder during anticipated high-level engagements between US and Indian government officials.

In a statement, US Attorney Damian Williams emphasized that the US will not tolerate efforts to assassinate its citizens on its soil. He praised the Office and its partners for neutralizing the “deadly and outrageous threat” posed by Gupta. Williams also stated that the US is ready to investigate, thwart, and prosecute anyone who seeks to harm and silence Americans.

In response to the concerns raised by the US, the Ministry of External Affairs in India has set up a high-level enquiry committee to investigate the nexus between organized criminals, terrorists, gun runners, and others. The Indian government will take necessary follow-up action based on the findings of the committee.

The charges against Gupta highlight the ongoing threat posed by extremist individuals and organizations around the world. The collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies are crucial in preventing such acts of violence and ensuring the safety of citizens.

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