US India News: India forms High-Level Committee to Probe Security Concerns Raised by United States about Criminal Nexus

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New Delhi: US India News: India announced on Wednesday that it has formed a high-level inquiry committee to look into all relevant aspects of the United States’ concerns about bilateral security cooperation.

According to Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, the Indian government will take “necessary follow-up action” based on the findings of the inquiry committee.

Bagchi said in a written statement

“We have already said that during discussions with the US on bilateral security cooperation, the US side shared some inputs about nexus between organized criminals, gun runners, terrorists, and others,” Bagchi said in a written statement.

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“We had also indicated that India takes such inputs seriously since they impinge on our national security interests as well, and relevant departments were already examining the issue,” the statement went on to say.

According to the MEA

According to the MEA, the inquiry committee was formed on November 18. “In this context, it is informed that on 18 November 2023, the Government of India constituted a high-level Enquiry Committee to look into all the relevant aspects of the matter,” a spokesperson for the MEA said.

He also stated that the “Government of India will take necessary follow-up action based on the findings of the Enquiry Committee”.

On November 22, the MEA reported that the US had shared information about a “nexus between organized criminals, gun runners, terrorists, and others” during recent discussions about India-US security cooperation.

source of concern for both countries

Bagchi stated that India takes such inputs seriously because it affects its security interests. He stated that the inputs are a source of concern for both countries and that appropriate follow-up action is being taken.

Earlier, the UK-based Financial Times reported that the US foiled a plot to assassinate India-designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil.

According to people familiar with the situation, the US informed India of its concerns about the alleged plot to kill Pannun.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

However, the news report does not specify whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States was involved in the plan’s demise, nor does it specify the nature of the communication between the United States and India.

According to a news report citing people familiar with the situation, US federal prosecutors have filed a sealed indictment in a New York district court against at least one alleged perpetrator of the plot.

The US Justice Department and the FBI have also made no formal statements in response to such allegations. (ANI)

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