The united states has welcomed India’s decision to announce a high level probe into its allegations that an indian official was involved in a foiled plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist on American soil. US federal prosecutors this week charged indian National Nikhil Gupta with working with an indian government employee in the foiled plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh extremist who is an American and Canadian citizen. An unnamed indian official also appeared in an indictment filed in a Manhattan court on Wednesday.

“These allegations in this investigation, (we) take it very seriously. And we’re glad to see that the indians are too announcing their own efforts to investigate this. And we’ve been clear that we want to see anybody that’s responsible for these alleged crimes to be held properly accountable,” john Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, told reporters

India on thursday described as a “matter of concern” the US charging an indian national and asserted that a high-level probe committee will investigate all aspects of the case. New delhi has constituted a probe team to probe allegations relating to the foiled plot to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh extremist and known to be an American and Canadian citizen. “As regards the case against an individual that has been filed in a US court allegedly linking him to an indian official, this is a matter of concern,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. “We have said and let me reiterate that this is also contrary to government policy,” he said

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