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Crossbow-wielding British intruder wanted to ‘kill the Queen’

A man detained at Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle home on Christmas Day 2021 wearing a mask and holding a crossbow told security ‘I’m here to kill the Queen’, a UK court heard on Wednesday.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, who faces treason charges in Britain, spent months planning the attack and trying to gain access to the royal family, Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London has heard.

Before entering the castle grounds in west London, where the 96-year-old king mainly stays, Chail, a man from Southampton in southern England, according to the prosecution, shot a video. She was present during the invasion.

“I am sorry for what I have done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, the Queen of the Royal Family,” he said in the video, in which he was seen holding a crossbow and wearing a face covering. .

‘This is revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre,’ Chail said, referring to an incident in which British troops shot nearly 400 Sikhs in their northern holy city of Amritsar. -western India.

“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their race,” he said.

Indians have long wanted an official apology from Britain for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops shot and killed unarmed citizens who had gathered to protest colonial legislation. This incident is also known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

During her visit to India in 1997, Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath at the scene of the massacre and described it as a “disturbing example” of “difficult events” in the past.

‘X-BOW SUPERSONIC’

Chail, who participated in the court proceedings on Wednesday via video link, spoke only briefly to confirm his name, date of birth and residence, which he identified as Broadmoor High Security Mental Institution. He did not plead guilty.

The Queen, Prince Charles and other members of her immediate family were present at the castle on the day of the intrusion.

According to the prosecution, Chail entered the property at 8:10 a.m. and was seen by a security guard in a place where the intruder would have access to the private apartments of the castle.

According to the prosecution, the confiscated crossbow was a “supersonic X-bow”, the bolt of which launched could cause serious injury or even death.

A gas mask, rope and electrical equipment were discovered during searches of Chail’s residence, and it was discovered that he had previously applied to the Ministry of Defense and the Grenadier Guards with the aim of entering in contact with the royal family.

Chail is charged with uttering death threats, having a dangerous weapon and breaching Section 2 of the Treason Act 1842, which sets out the penalties for possession of a weapon for the purpose of “injure or frighten Her Majesty”.

The case will then be heard at the Old Bailey in London at an unspecified date.

(With agency contributions)

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