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Article: US charges Indian national with conspiracy to assassinate Sikh advocate

US charges Indian national with conspiracy to assassinate Sikh advocate

US charges Indian national with conspiracy to assassinate Sikh advocate

PHOTO CAPTION: Representational photo — The seal of the United States Department of Justice is seen on the building exterior of the United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

 

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States has charged an Indian national with conspiring to assassinate a U.S. citizen who advocated for a sovereign state for Sikhs, the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said on Wednesday.

Nikhil Gupta was arrested by Czech authorities in June and is awaiting extradition. He could not be reached for comment.

"The defendant conspired from India to assassinate, right here in New York City, a U.S. citizen of Indian origin who has publicly advocated for the establishment of a sovereign state for Sikhs," Damian Williams, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said in a statement.



(Reporting by Luc Cohen; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey and Chizu Nomiyama)

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