WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A new report by the Washington Post alleges senior-level officials of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) were involved in the attempt to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the Khalistani Sikh separatist leader. 

Describing it as an “unwarranted and unsubstantiated” imputation on a “serious matter” that is under investigation, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said the US media report was “speculative and irresponsible”.

Pannun’s agenda of a separatist ideology of Khalistan really picked up momentum during 1984 after the horrifying Delhi riots of 1984.  

Pannun who holds dual citizenship of America and Canada has been a vocal critic of the current Indian government, despite the fact the incidents surrounding 1984 took place under the Indian National Congress (INC) party’s administration. According to the investigation, a RAW officer identified as Vikram Yadav is claimed to have played a central role in orchestrating the kill order, reportedly with approval from then-chief Samant Goel. Pannun is the legal advisor for Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), who is leading an ongoing campaign that targets Indian diplomats around the globe. Their goal is to splinter Punjab and other parts of Northern India away from India.

The report released last November by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)  suggests that Yadav relayed final instructions to a hired hit team tasked with killing Pannun while he was visiting the United States. Additionally, US intelligence agencies allegedly linked members of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inner circle to the plot, indicating awareness or authorization at the highest levels of the Indian government.

Indian officials have not responded to the report yet. While the White House has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, it has refrained from action pending the outcome of a Department of Justice criminal investigation.