Germany to prosecute Indian couple for spying on Khalistani & Kashmiri separatists

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Sikhs shout pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans as they hold placards with pictures of Sikh separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, front right, and messages about liberation of the Sikhs, on the commemoration of 25 years of Operation Blue Star in Amritsar, India, Saturday, June 6, 2009. Sikhs observe June 6 as the anniversary of Operation Blue Star, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the army to storm the Golden Temple and flush out Sikh militant leaders hiding there in 1984. The army killed Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a Sikh preacher who in 1982 laid the foundation of the separatist campaign for a theocratic Sikh state to be called Khalistan, or Land of the Pure. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

BERLIN: German prosecutors say they have indicted two Indian citizens for spying on the Sikh opposition and Kashmiri separatists in Germany.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 50-year-old Manmohan S. is accused of providing information to India‘s foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, from January 2015 onward.

His wife, 51-year-old Kanwal Jit K., allegedly also began co-operating with the spy agency starting in July 2017. Their full names weren’t released due to German privacy rules.

Prosecutors said the couple is accused of receiving a total of 7,200 euros (about $8,100) for the information they provided to their handler, who was stationed in Germany.