Extremism Updates

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01-Mar-2024

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on March 1 faced protests by Khalistani supporters during his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to deliver lectures at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK. Protesters, led by Paramjit Singh Pamma, coordinator of the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in Europe, blamed Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Amritsar killings. Despite Cambridge University Police preventing entry to the protestors, Gandhi required a security escort by UK Police to leave safely.


26-Feb-2024

Member of Parliament (MP) Preet Gill accused 'agents with links to India' of engaging in transnational repression of British Sikhs while speaking at the House of Commons in London, United Kingdom (UK) on February 26. She cited concerns raised by Five Eyes nations about targeting Sikh activists. In response, Security Minister Tom Tugendhat stated that the government is continually assessing threats and using intelligence services to mitigate them. Measures are in place to tackle foreign interference.


23-Feb-2024

United Kingdom (UK) Member of Parliament (MP), Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, raised concerns about the safety of protesting farmers in Punjab and freedom of expression in the UK Parliament on February 23. Dhesi, known for advocating on Sikh and Indian issues, questioned the UK government's stance on protecting human rights. He had previously criticized India's actions in Kashmir and voiced opposition to police force against farmers during the 2020-21 protests. Additionally, in August 2023, Dhesi faced immigration issues in India.


14-Feb-2024

According to reports, in the United Kingdom (UK), several Sikh activists, including Kulwant Singh Mothada, fear for their lives after being named on a "hit list" by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA). While no concrete evidence links the list to actual assassinations, there have been deaths among those associated with the movement, such as Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Despite lacking definitive proof, the existence of the list exacerbates fears within the Sikh community regarding potential threats from Indian authorities. Mothada and others remain cautious, believing that the UK government is overlooking the threat from India.


07-Feb-2024

According to sources, United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary David Cameron has intervened in the case of Scottish Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal, who has been imprisoned in India for six years. Cameron is calling for an investigation into the claims of torture by Punjab police. However, he stopped short of demanding Johal's release, citing potential interference in the ongoing judicial process. Johal is accused of involvement in targeted killings, a charge he denies. His brother is demanding his immediate return. Jagtar Singh Johal has connections to the banned terrorist organization Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and is currently held in Delhi’s Tihar jail on terrorism charges.


06-Feb-2024

According to reports, the Sikh Federation UK (SFUK), which aims to advocate for Sikh identity in the United Kingdom (UK) census, is facing scrutiny for its perceived disconnect from Sikh principles. Recent reports highlight a decline in the exclusive identification as 'Sikh' ethnicity, casting doubt on SFUK's agenda. The organization's promotion of Khalistan and its hostility towards Lord Indarjit Singh's stance on census classification raise concerns about its alignment with extremist factions and its commitment to Sikh values. It is imperative for mainstream Sikhs to reclaim the narrative, prioritize genuine educational efforts, and safeguard the essence of Sikhism from misappropriation by fringe elements within SFUK.


03-Feb-2024

According to reports, the case of Jagtar Singh Johal, a United Kingdom (UK) citizen imprisoned in India since November 2017 on allegations of being a Khalistani operative, has become a point of contention between the UK and India, impacting bilateral relations. Johal faces multiple charges, including murder and terrorism, and UK officials are pushing for a swift resolution. Despite regular consular visits, his family and lawyers argue that there is no concrete evidence against him, claiming he was merely an internet marketer. Meanwhile, his associates are actively campaigning through media, political lobbying, and international organizations for his release.


28-Jan-2024

A meeting is scheduled to take place on January 30 after Preet Kaur Gill, a Member of Parliament (MP) from the United Kingdom (UK) Labour Party, raised concerns about an 'intelligence hit list,' which targets 20 Sikhs, including six British Sikhs, who have been labelled as enemies of the state by Indian media. According to reports, some Sikh activists have received Osman warnings due to threats, harassment, and intimidation. There are fears of transnational repression following evidence linking the Indian government to the assassination of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Both the Indian embassy in London and the UK government have declined to comment on the matter.


28-Jan-2024

Ancient House Museum has been awarded nearly GBP 200,000 in grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to mark the legacy of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last ruler of the Sikh empire, in Thetford in Norfolk in the United Kingdom (UK). Founded in 1924 by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, the museum will use the grant to narrate the family's story through various displays.


26-Jan-2024

On January 26, India's Republic Day, members of the Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) staged a protest in London, United Kingdom (UK), calling for Punjab's independence and denouncing the policies of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. Paramjit Singh Pamma, an SFJ leader, reaffirmed their commitment to resist Modi's regime and strive for independence.


23-Jan-2024

According to sources, Human Rights barrister Michael Polak, who was involved in both the Litvinenko case and the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK), has urged the UK Home Secretary to investigate Khanda's sudden demise. While West Midlands Police cited acute myeloid leukaemia as the cause of death, Polak suspects foul play, pointing to alleged negligence in the police investigation. Khanda, a supporter of the Khalistan movement, faced threats from Indian security services, leading to suspicions of potential poisoning linked to his activism. The family was denied access to the body, and a RAW agent allegedly left the UK after Khanda's death. West Midlands Police maintains it was a natural death.


18-Jan-2024

According to reports, a cross-party group of United Kingdom (UK) Members of Parliament, including Labour MPs Preet Kaur Gill, Afzal Khan, and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi; Conservative Caroline Nokes; and SNP's Kirsten Oswald and Martin Docherty-Hughes, have urgently requested a meeting with Security Minister Tom Tugendhat via a letter. The request follows reports of "threat to life warnings" given to British Sikhs amid rising concerns about their treatment globally by the Indian government. The letter cites instances such as the alleged extrajudicial killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada and a plot to assassinate another Khalistani terrorist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, in the United States (US). The MPs seek reassurance and discuss measures to protect the British Sikh community from unlawful threats.


14-Jan-2024

According to sources, Sikhs living in the United Kingdom (UK) have reportedly received Osman notices, in which West Midlands police warn of a 'threat to life' against them, amid heightened tensions over the separatist movement in India. The warning follows calls for a deeper investigation into the sudden death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham, UK, in June 2023. Sikh leaders in Britain cautioned that the Indian government is suppressing dissent within the diaspora.


13-Jan-2024

According to reports, British Sikh activist Kaldip Singh Lehal alias Deepa Singh, was detained at Gatwick Airport in London, United Kingdom (UK), under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act on December 25, 2023. He claimed that he was targeted for his activism. Singh, who had previously faced home raids in 2018, alleged the suppression of voices critical of UK-India collusion in Sikh repression. Counter Terrorism Policing South East confirmed the stop but didn't disclose details or confirm Singh's identity.


04-Jan-2024

United Kingdom (UK) Sikh Member of Parliament (MP) Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi hosted a meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Iqwinder Singh Gaheer, in Slough, UK. Discussions covered various aspects of international politics, global Sikh concerns, and opportunities to strengthen bilateral ties. Both MPs emphasized the importance of cross-border dialogue, committing to ongoing constructive engagements for the betterment of their communities and fostering stronger ties between Canada and the UK.


03-Jan-2024

According to sources, Neil O’Brien, a Senior Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) representing Harborough and a former minister, has written to the United Kingdom (UK) Home Secretary James Cleverly expressing concern over the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham in 2023. O'Brien questions the lack of a thorough investigation by West Midlands police, despite initial claims of an inquiry.


20-Dec-2023

The family of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda urged the United Kingdom (UK) Home Office to appoint an independent police force to investigate his sudden death in June which coincided with Sikh separatist incidents in Canada and the United States (US), as revealed by Khanda’s family lawyer, Michael Polak. According to Polak, questions about the West Midlands police's handling of the case have arisen, leading the family to request the involvement of another police force.


15-Dec-2023

According to a report published on December 15 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the 2021 census for England and Wales in the United Kingdom (UK), nearly 1 lakh respondents identified as Sikh in the "ethnicity" category instead of choosing "British Indian." Of the total, 18.6% identified as Sikh through both the ethnic and religion questions, 0.3% through only the ethnic question, and 81.1% through the voluntary religion question. The total number of Sikhs in England and Wales increased by 22% from the 2011 census, reaching 5.25 lakh, with concerns raised about the accuracy of the count by the Sikh Federation UK.


08-Dec-2023

On December 8, a 34-year-old man of Punjab origin, Joshpal Singh Kothiria, who was part of a four-member drug smuggling gang, was sentenced to three years in prison in the United Kingdom (UK). The Wolverhampton Crown Court in Wolverhampton, UK, convicted him of conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland. The gang, busted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), included Anthony Terry, who organized the drug importation, leading to the seizure of GBP 1.6 million worth of cocaine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in February 2021.


04-Dec-2023

A 58-year-old Sikh man, Inderjit Singh, was assaulted on December 4 in a hate crime by a group of teenage boys in Slough, United Kingdom (UK). The incident occurred in Langley Memorial Park, where Singh was kicked, pulled to the ground, and his beard was attempted to be grabbed by offenders aged 13-16. Singh sustained three broken ribs and injuries to his hand. The Thames Valley Police are treating the case as a hate crime and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.


04-Dec-2023

According to a report by the United Kingdom (UK) daily The Guardian released on December 4, Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda, who was based in the UK, claimed harassment by Indian police and threats to his family in Punjab before his sudden death in June. The report indicates that Khanda's associates suspected foul play in his death, suggesting poisoning. The Guardian's investigation questions the West Midlands police's initial statement, highlighting alleged lapses in the probe.


26-Nov-2023

United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak on November 26 extended Guru Nanak Jayanti wishes, acknowledging his personal connection to the occasion as someone with Punjabi roots. Sunak praised the significant contributions of the Sikh community to the UK, expressing pride and inspiration. Born to a Hindu Punjabi family with ties to Ludhiana and pre-Partition Gujranwala, Sunak emphasized the celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's 554th birth anniversary.


19-Nov-2023

Sikh Member of Parliament (MP) Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi recently received death threats after abstaining from voting on a resolution regarding the Gaza-Israel conflict in the United Kingdom (UK). One person has been arrested in connection with the death threats.


17-Nov-2023

The Metropolitan Police on November 17 arrested four British Sikh men, identified as Amandeep Singh, Manjit Singh, Ajmeer Singh, and Poran Singh in connection with the murder of British Sikh teenager Simarjeet Singh Nangpal in London, United Kingdom (UK). They are scheduled to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on November 18.


16-Nov-2023

The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM), Dr S Jaishankar, on November 16 delivered a stern warning to the United Kingdom (UK) government at a press conference held at the High Commission of India in London, UK. He cautioned against the misuse of freedom of expression by Khalistani extremists to threaten diplomatic missions, specifically referencing incidents involving the Indian High Commission.


15-Nov-2023

A 17-year-old British Sikh teenager, identified as Simarjeet Singh Nangpal, was stabbed to death in a street fight near the Hounslow area of London in the United Kingdom (UK) on November 15. In connection with the murder, four individuals aged 21, 27, 31, and 71 have been arrested. To address community concerns, there is a heightened police presence in the area.


15-Nov-2023

During the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar to the United Kingdom (UK), which concluded on November 15, Jaishankar raised India's concerns about the misuse of freedom of expression by those propagating Khalistan in meetings with UK officials. The visit emphasized the importance of addressing these concerns while strengthening bilateral ties and touched upon various global and regional issues, including ongoing free trade agreement negotiations and cricket diplomacy.


15-Nov-2023

The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on November 15 stated that India is open to an investigation but urged Canada to provide evidence supporting its allegations of Indian government involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, during a conversation with veteran journalist Lionel Barber titled 'How a Billion People See the World' in London, United Kingdom (UK). Jaishankar emphasized that Canada has not shared any evidence to date.


11-Nov-2023

Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar on November 11 embarked on a five-day visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to review bilateral ties, including preparations for a potential visit to India by British Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak. The countries share a growing partnership, highlighted by the 2021 launch of the India-UK comprehensive strategic partnership and the India-UK Roadmap 2030.


07-Nov-2023

Top lawyers in the United Kingdom (UK) have urged Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad to retract his statement that British Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal, detained in India since 2017 on terror charges, would receive 'due process' in the Indian legal system. They express concerns over the lack of due process, citing allegations of torture and politically motivated charges. Johal faces a potential death penalty and has been held without credible evidence, prompting calls for his immediate release by more than 70 MPs, while the UK government continues to provide consular assistance and raise his case with the Indian government.


06-Nov-2023

A British Sikh man, Jatinder Singh, who claimed he was barred from jury duty in Birmingham Crown Court due to carrying a kirpan, has been invited by authorities to discuss the matter in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK). The incident sparked concern and led to an apology from the Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). British Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill expressed deep concern about the incident, highlighting the need for clearer communication of guidelines to prevent discrimination against individuals based on their religious practices in jury service.


05-Nov-2023

Akaal Clothing, a pro-Khalistani clothing line that previously launched a hoodie depicting the assassination of former Prime Minister (PM) Indira Gandhi, announced on November 5, in a post on Instagram, that they have cancelled all orders for the controversial item. The hoodie gained attention when Canadian pro-Khalistani singer Shubh held it during a concert in London, United Kingdom (UK), sparking backlash and criticism on social media. The clothing line cited 'unforeseen circumstances' and increased scrutiny as reasons for the cancellation, stating that they would issue full refunds.


03-Nov-2023

Birmingham Member of Parliament (MP) Preet Kaur Gill has written to the Justice Secretary, bringing attention to the case of Jatinder Singh, a Sikh who claimed he was barred from a court during jury service for wearing a kirpan, a religious article central to his faith. Singh was denied entry due to the size of his kirpan, despite it being within legal limits. MP Gill emphasized the importance of protecting and respecting Sikhs' rights and religious freedoms. She called for clear communication of guidelines regarding kirpans to ensure inclusivity and the ability to perform civic duties without compromising religious beliefs. The Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) issued an apology to Mr. Singh following the incident.


11-Oct-2023

The Chief Coroner Judge Thomas Teague KC on October 11 declared that he ‘does not have the power’ to order an investigation into the death of Avtar Singh Khanda, a Khalistani terrorist who succumbed to leukaemia at Birmingham City Hospital on June 15. Earlier, Barrister Michael Polak, representing Khanda's mother, Charanjit Kaur, and his sister, Jaspreet Kaur, formally petitioned the chief coroner to launch an inquiry into Khanda's passing, citing section S3 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.


07-Oct-2023

The Sikh restaurant owner in London, UK, Harman Singh Kapoor, whose cars were allegedly vandalized by Khalistani elements recently, on October 7 claimed that he has been receiving threats for the past nine months. Kapoor, who is currently in New Delhi, stated that the pro-Khalistan elements are defaming Sikhs, Hindus, and India. He further noted that the individuals who attempted to harm him were Sikhs. Kapoor asserted, "They are maligning Sikhs, Hindus, and India. I earnestly desire for this conflict to cease. Regrettably, no concrete action was taken by the authorities; they merely documented my complaint. The police have yet to apprehend the culprits, allowing the Khalistanis to remain at large. It appears that Khalistanis enjoy support within the police force and are considered political assets in that region. In the event of an assault on a fellow countryman, the accused ought to be apprehended. Unfortunately, in my case, these Khalistanis were not taken into custody by the police."


06-Oct-2023

British Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak expressed his hope for a reduction in tensions within the India-Canada diplomatic dispute during a conversation with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau on October 6. The discussion primarily revolved around the ongoing standoff regarding the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. Sunak reiterated the UK's commitment to upholding the rule of law, particularly in light of Canada's accusations of Indian involvement in the assassination of a wanted pro-Khalistan terrorist.


05-Oct-2023

Satyam Surana, a student at the London School of Economics (LSE), in an interview, described his actions during a recent pro-Khalistan protest at the Indian embassy on October 2 in London, United Kingdom (UK), where Khalistani protestors desecrated the Indian tricolour. Surana explained how he felt compelled to rescue and fold the Tricolour with reverence after it was desecrated during the protest. Satyam shared that his actions were driven by a sense of duty as an Indian, despite the presence of hostile extremists at the scene. The flag is currently held by the police as evidence.


03-Oct-2023

Scotland Police on October 3 stated that no criminal activity was established during its investigation into the incident in which the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Vikram Doraiswami, was denied entry and heckled at a gurdwara in Glasgow. Pro-Khalistan Sikh activists had denied him entry in response to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The Glasgow Gurdwara released a statement condemning the disruption and reaffirming its openness to people from all communities and backgrounds.


02-Oct-2023

Pro-Khalistan protesters gathered outside the High Commission of India, waving anti-India placards and chanting slogans, in London, United Kingdom (UK) on October 2. The protest aimed to draw attention to Canadian Prime Minister Justin (PM) Trudeau's allegations of Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, which, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has strongly denied. The call for the protest stated that Sikhs intend to address domestic concerns, such as the questionable demise of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda.


02-Oct-2023

The Sikh Federation (UK) held a press conference in London on October 2, formally requesting the Chief Coroner for England and Wales to open an inquest into the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda. Khanda passed away in Birmingham in June 2023 while in London, United Kingdom (UK). The family's barrister, Michael Polak, highlighted suspicions surrounding Khanda's death, citing the timing and previous death threats with connections to Indian politics. West Midlands Police had initially stated that there were no suspicious circumstances, attributing the cause of death to acute leukemia or blood cancer in the post-mortem report.


02-Oct-2023

Khalistani terrorist Paramjeet Singh Pamma led anti-India chants outside the High Commission of India in London, United Kingdom (UK) on October 2. He was seen waving anti-India placards and chanting slogans. At the same venue, the Indian flag was defiled, and slogans against Indian Prime Ministers were raised. Pamma is wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for promoting secessionism and radicalizing Punjab's youth. He is associated with banned Khalistani terror groups like Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).


02-Oct-2023

Scotland Yard on October 2 arrested a British Sikh man on suspicion of 'violent disorder' in connection with the March 2023 attack on the Indian High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK).


02-Oct-2023

According to reports, Gurcharan Singh, a member of the pro-Khalistani group Dal Khalsa, was arrested on October 2 for committing a hate crime against Gujaratis in the United Kingdom (UK) back on March 22. However, he was subsequently released on a personal bond. Gurucharan Singh was detained by UK law enforcement outside the Indian High Commission in London on October 2, where he was participating in anti-India demonstrations alongside other pro-Khalistan activists. During these protests, Gurcharan Singh had poured cow urine on the Indian tricolour flag. Additionally, a video had previously circulated on social media showing Gurcharan Singh verbally abusing a Gujarati Hindu in London during a demonstration against the Government of India's actions related to Amritpal Singh on March 22.


01-Oct-2023

The Sikh Federation United Kingdom (SFUK) decided to formally request a coroner’s inquest on October 2 into the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda, which occurred in Birmingham, UK June 2023. They alleged that Khanda had received threats from individuals connected to the Indian state and suspected foul play in his death. Although it was recorded as acute myeloid leukaemia, they believe it could be related to radiation poisoning. Pro-Khalistani Sikhs also plan to protest outside the Indian High Commission in London, UK on October 2, accusing the Indian government of involvement in the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Canada.


01-Oct-2023

Colin Bloom, a former adviser to the United Kingdom (UK) government and renowned author, recently expressed concerns about the rising Khalistan extremism in Western nations. He emphasized the need for collective action to address the aggressive behaviour among some members of the Sikh community, highlighting the failure of Western governments, including the UK, US, and Canada, to tackle this growing problem. He called for stronger efforts to protect Sikhs who distance themselves from extremism and pointed out the false appearance of legitimacy that some pro-Khalistan Sikh groups portray. This issue requires immediate attention to prevent further harm and division within multicultural societies.


30-Sep-2023

Two of the three individuals involved in the incident targeting Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami on September 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, have been identified as Shamsher Singh and Ranveer Singh, both based in London. Ranveer Singh was photographed at a shooting practice range with a rifle and wearing a T-shirt advocating for the release of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was involved in the assassination plot against Chief Minister (CM) Beant Singh in 1995, resulting in multiple casualties. The Scottish police are currently in the process of gathering statements from all parties involved, and they are prepared to take appropriate action against the extremists.


30-Sep-2023

A Sikh restaurant owner, identified as Harman Singh Kapoor had his car shot at and vandalized by unidentified Khalistani assailants in West London, United Kingdom (UK), on September 30. Kapoor had previously spoken out against Khalistani elements in the UK. Insightuk2, a British Hindu and Indian group, asserted that the Kapoor family had been facing continuous threats of violence and rape from suspected Khalistan sympathizers. This incident follows ongoing threats and attacks against his family after they posted a video criticizing the Khalistan movement on social media.


30-Sep-2023

Leaders from the United Kingdom (UK), including Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Colin Bloom, on September 30 expressed concern about an incident in which Khalistani extremists prevented Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami from entering a gurdwara in Scotland on September 29. They called for action against these Khalistani extremist elements.


30-Sep-2023

The Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) on September 30 issued a statement after Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami was prevented from entering a Gurdwara in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 29, terming it a "disgraceful incident" in London, UK. The Glasgow Gurdwara issued a statement strongly condemning the disruptive behaviour that disrupted the peaceful proceedings of the Sikh place of worship. The incident was also reported to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Metropolitan Police.


30-Sep-2023

The Glasgow Guru Granth Sahib Gurudwara in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK), on September 30, apologized to Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami for the incident that occurred on September 29 when Khalistani extremists prevented him from entering the temple. The gurdwara committee assured Doraiswami that the individuals involved were not part of their regular congregation and invited him to visit again. Two of the extremists involved have been identified, including one with connections to the banned Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), which was involved in a past assassination plot.


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