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Morning briefing: Top US official on 'plot to kill Pannun'; new Vice Chief of Naval Staff, and all the latest news

Dec 05, 2023 09:29 AM IST

Morning briefing: Top US official on 'plot to kill Pannun'; new Vice Chief of Naval Staff, and all the latest news

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Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is pictured in his office on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in New York.
Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is pictured in his office on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, in New York.

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US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, who led a delegation to India, acknowledged New Delhi's formation of an investigative panel to probe an alleged plot to kill Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil. The US Justice Department claimed an Indian government official directed the unsuccessful plot, charging Indian national Nikhil Gupta with conspiracy to commit murder for hire. India dissociated itself from the allegations, expressing concern and initiating a formal investigation. The Indian government has long complained about Sikh separatist groups, considering them security threats. Dig deeper

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