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DOJ charges Indian national with assassination attempt

The United States' and India's flags, side-by-side. Associated Press/Photo by Alex Brandon, file

DOJ charges Indian national with assassination attempt

The Department of Justice on Wednesday said that it was unsealing murder-for-hire charges against 52-year-old Indian national Nikhil Gupta for his participation in a foiled assassination plot against a U.S. citizen. The department said Gupta, a self-described narcotics and weapons trafficker, worked with an Indian government employee and others in an assassination attempt against a U.S. attorney in New York in May. The attorney had criticized the Indian government and advocated for the creation of an independent Sikh state.

Didn’t something like this just happen in Canada recently? Earlier this year, India requested that Canada withdraw more than 40 of its diplomats from within its borders after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had suggested that the Indian government may have been involved in the murder of a pro-Sikh activist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, living in Canada. Canada claimed it had substantial evidence of the Indian government’s involvement and called upon India to cooperate with its investigation.

Dig deeper: Listen to Onize Ohikere’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about Christians continuing to worship amid persecution in India’s neighbor Pakistan.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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