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Indian envoy flees NY Gurdwara over assassination plot allegations

AFP
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

NEW YORK: The Indian envoy in the US had to flee a Gurdwara in New York after pro-Khalistan activists confronted him over his role in the failed Indian plot to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, general counsel to Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and spokesperson for the global Khalistan Referendum campaign.

Pro-Khalistan activists asked questions from Indian envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu over his role in the failed bid to assassinate Pannun. Himmat Singh, who led the pro-Khalistan Sikhs at Hicksville Gurdwara in New York, also accused Sandhu of New Delhi’s role in the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The slain Sikh leader was the president of Surrey Gurdwara in Canada and the coordinator for the Canadian chapter of the Khalistan Referendum.

Agitated by the questioning, Sandhu aborted his visit and fled hastily without answering any of the questions raised by the Sikhs. “I only wanted answers from Ambassador Sandhu as to why India is using violence to stop the global Khalistan Referendum voting,” said Himmat who heads the East Coast Coordination Committee.

“American constitution gives US citizens the right to peacefully question anyone irrespective of their affiliation or position in the government,” said Pannun who was the target of India’s assassination plot.

“Despite India’s attempt to assassinate me, Khalistan Referendum Voting will continue and the American Phase is going to start from 28th January 2024 in San Francisco, California,” stated Pannun.