A plot to kill Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil was foiled by the U.S. government, which also “warned” New Delhi of its purported involvement in the plot. Pannun, an American and Canadian citizen, is listed as a terrorist in India.
The anonymous sources who provided information to the Financial Times did not clarify if the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thwarted the purported conspiracy to kill Pannun or if Washington had alerted New Delhi to the issue. According to the article, the United States also notified a few of its allies of the purported plot following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June visit to Washington, DC.
Raids by NIA
Earlier in May 2023, the NIA executed raids at over 100 locations across six states, targeting the associates of Jaswinder Singh Multani, a member of SFJ. Multani had reportedly been implicated in an incident involving the placement of a bomb near Model Burail Jail in Chandigarh the previous year.
Furthermore, in December 2020, the NIA filed its second chargesheet against the Sikhs for Justice and ten of its members, which included Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the outfit. These actions signify the agency’s consistent efforts in curbing the activities of SFJ and its associated members.
About Gurpatwant Singh Pannun
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is a prominent leader of the Khalistan movement, which supports the creation of a separate state named Khalistan. He is the founder of the pro-Khalistan organization ‘Sikhs For Justice’. In recent years, his name has frequently surfaced in various reports for activities against India.
Gurpatwant Pannun was born in the village of Khankot, which is located on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab, India. Pannun studied law at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and then worked as a lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana High Courts. It was the year 2007 when he fled from India to the United States after being named in the assassination of a Hindu leader.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun Family
Gurpatwant Singh’s father was Mohinder Singh. He formerly worked for the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board and his mother’s name is Amarjit Kaur. He has a brother named Magwant Singh Pannun.
Although Pannun is not widely known in his village, his family possesses substantial assets, including valuable agricultural land, a school, and a college within the village. Their wealth can be traced back to their migration from Pakistan to Khankot village during the Partition in 1947.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun Criminal Charges
Pannun faces several charges in India, including sedition and terror-related accusations. However, India’s request for a Red Corner Notice from Interpol for Gurpatwant Singh Pannun was rejected. In June 2023, there were speculations about his disappearance in the United States, and rumors regarding his death in a road accident also circulated on social media.
During the agitation against the farm bills in January 2021, the National Investigation Agency in India initiated an FIR against Pannu and explored the funding sources of various farmer leaders and activists linked to him.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun FAQs
A. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is a prominent leader of the Khalistan movement, which supports the creation of a separate state named Khalistan.
A. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) is a US-based Khalistani group that supports the separation of Punjab from India.
A. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has a brother named Magwant Singh Pannun.
A. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun says, he follow Sikhism.
A. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun was born in the village of Khankot, which is located on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab, India.