A 19-year-old man was arrested on December 25 after making a video threatening to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. In the video, he said the killing would take place in revenge for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
The suspect, Jaswant Singh Chail, detailed his plans to kill the Queen to avenge the deaths of victims of the massacre. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family,” Chail said in the film, in which he was armed with a crossbow and wearing a mask and a black hoodie. The clip went viral on Snapchat.
“This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race. I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sikh. My name was Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Darth Jones.”
According to the Metropolitan Police, Chail was arrested and detained under the United Kingdom’s Mental Health Act after he underwent a mental health assessment. He is currently remaining “in the care of medical professionals.”
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre happened in Amritsar in the year 1919. Hundreds of unarmed Indians were killed in a firing by British colonial troops under General Reginald Dyer.
The suspect’s father, Jasbir Singh Chail agreed that his son did not have a sound mind. “Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son, and we are trying to figure out what. We’ve not had a chance to speak to him but are trying to get him the help he needs,” said the 57-year-old. “From our perspective, we are going through a difficult time. We are trying to resolve this issue and it’s not easy.”
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST