Sensational claim: RAW officers were involved in the conspiracy to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannu

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Washington. A RAW officer in the US named Vikram Yadav was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and the move was approved by the then chief of the Indian spy agency, Samant Goel, a media report claimed. Pannu is one of the prominent leaders of the Khalistan movement and is the legal advisor and spokesperson of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). The SFJ aims to promote the idea of ​​a separate Sikh nation. The Indian government has declared Pannu a terrorist.

A report in ‘The Washington Post’ newspaper said, “India’s operation in North America has stunned Western security officials.” The newspaper report said, “Yadav’s identity and affiliations were not previously known. This investigative report provides the most concrete evidence to date that the assassination was plotted by an Indian spy agency, which was foiled by American officials.”

According to current and former security officials in Western countries, top officials of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have also been indicted as part of a wide-ranging investigation by the CIA, FBI and other US agencies, the report said.

The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos, said in a report that it is investigating the increase in such cases across the border. For this story, The Washington Post journalists conducted dozens of interviews with officials, experts and targeted individuals in New Delhi, Washington, Ottawa, London, Prague and Berlin.

The paper claimed, “In an internal US government report, US intelligence agencies assessed that the operation targeting Pannu was approved by then RAW chief Samant Goel.”

The report said the findings were consistent with information provided to The Washington Post by former senior Indian security officials who were aware of the operation and said Goel was under extreme pressure to eliminate the alleged threat from Sikh extremists abroad.

It said, “US spy agencies currently assess that the prime minister’s national security adviser Ajit Doval may have been aware of RAW’s intention to eliminate Sikh activists, but officials stressed that no circumstantial evidence has emerged.” The failed assassination attempt was part of RAW’s increasingly aggressive campaign against Indian immigrants in Asia, Europe and North America, The Washington Post quoted officials as saying.

The alleged plot to kill Pannu in the US coincides with the fatal shooting of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia province, Canada on June 18 last year. That operation was also linked to Yadav, according to Western officials. The newspaper report also said that the US government led by President Joe Biden has refrained from bringing any charges against Yadav.

Tags: Ajit Doval, Khalistani terrorist

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