A high-level US delegation visited India on Monday to discuss the India’s involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader living in the US. The delegation was led by Jon Finer, the deputy national security adviser to President Joe Biden, who met with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and other senior officials in New Delhi.
The US authorities had thwarted a conspiracy to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the head of the banned organization Sikhs for Justice, which advocates for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan.
The US National Security Council confirmed that the issue was raised with the Indian government and that it was treated with “utmost seriousness”.
The allegations have strained the relations between the US and India.
The allegations also come amid rising tensions between India and the Sikh community, both within and outside the country. In June, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had accused India of involvement in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader on Canadian soil.