The Indian government has set up an enquiry committee to investigate the alleged involvement of Indian nationals in a conspiracy to target a Khalistani leader in the United States, as reported by sources. Responding to the information provided by the United States government, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has reiterated its earlier statement on the issue, highlighting the seriousness of the allegations and the government's commitment to ensuring individual safety across borders.
India's Collaboration with US Investigation
India's High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, confirmed that the Indian government is cooperating with a US investigation into the reported failed assassination attempt on Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Verma clarified that the US has shared more specific information compared to Canada, which has significantly affected India's level of cooperation in both cases. He further assured that India was not involved in the homicide, dismissing it as a motivated and absurd allegation.
Disparity in Information Sharing
The High Commissioner also noted a disparity in the information provided by the US and Canada regarding their respective investigations. While the US has shared actionable intelligence concerning a nexus of gangsters, drug peddlers, terrorists, and gun runners with potential Indian connections, Canada has yet to share specific details regarding its allegations of New Delhi's involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Concerns Over National Security
India's engagement with the US investigation stems from its concern for national security. The inputs presented by the US have been taken seriously due to the potential implications for India's national security interests. India has expressed surprise and concern over the US inputs and has agreed to investigate further. Meanwhile, India continues to urge Canada to take action against anti-India activities on its soil.