A man who was arrested in northern Nevada Tuesday was indicted in a federal court in Reno Wednesday on charges that he conspired to aid terrorists, plotted murder and committed immigration fraud, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden and FBI official Laura Bucheit said that Balwinder Singh, a 39-year-old Indian national with permanent residency U.S., helped plan terror attacks in the Punjab region of India and was supporting two terrorist organizations that are fighting to establish an independent Sikh state in the region. The prosecutors claim that he wired money to the groups — the Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force — and traveled to India, Pakistan and other countries to help co-conspirators plot terror attacks.
The feds allege that Singh, who goes by a number of pseudonyms, began his conspiracy back in 1997, when he applied for asylum using afalse identity. U.S. District Attorney
Singh will make his first court appearance on Friday and could face a life prison sentence if convicted.