RT-Engels: 17-06-2024,

Nikhil Gupta, who is accused by prosecutors of hiring a hitman to kill a New York-based Khalistan leader, has been arrested in Prague

An Indian national accused of being part of an assassination plot in New York has been extradited to the US from the Czech Republic, Reuters has reported, citing the Federal Bureau of Prisons website and a source familiar with the matter.

According to US prosecutors, Nikhil Gupta, who claims to be a businessman from New Delhi, tried to hire a hitman to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a prominent leader of the Khalistan movement who is designated as a “terrorist” by New Delhi. The movement advocates the creation of a Sikh nation-state in northern India. 

According to a US federal court indictment made public last year, Gupta conspired with an official in New Delhi to plan the assassination, which was foiled by FBI agents. In April, the Washington Post identified the previously unnamed official as Vikram Yadav. He is reportedly attached to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – India’s foreign intelligence service.

New Delhi has called the accusations a “matter of concern” but stated that targeted killing are “contrary to government policy.” It has set up a high-level commission to investigate the matter. 

Last month, Eric Garcetti, Washington’s envoy in India, said that US President Joe Biden and his administration were “satisfied” with the “accountability” shown by Indian officials in the case.

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