On Christmas morning, at about 8 a.m., Jaswant Singh Chail loaded a pre-recorded video to Snapchat, armed himself with a crossbow, and journeyed to Windsor Castle to try to assassinate the Queen.
Chail, 19, is a troubled young man. His parents are mortified.
According to Daily Mail UK, Chail’s father, Jasbir Singh Chail, said, “Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son, and we are trying to figure out what.”
In Jaswant’s video, Chail used a voice distorter and donned a hoodie and mask that Daily Wire notes were inspired by “Star Wars.”
“I’m sorry,” the would-be assassin said. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family.”
“This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre,” Chail continued in the video.
According to Britannica, The Jallianwala Bagh massacre occurred on April 13, 1919, when “British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in an open space known as the Jallianwala Bagh…in the Punjab region.”
Several hundred people died, and hundreds more were wounded. The event was a “turning point” in India’s early movement to secure independence from Great Britain.
Weaving in and out of reality, Chail continued in his video: “[The assassination] is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race. I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith.”
The video was obtained by The Sun. Watch:
Later, Chail refers to himself as “Darth Jones.” That name, and the term “Sith,” have ties to “Star Wars.”
Police report that Chail scaled a wall but could not enter any buildings on the Windsor Castle property.
Chail’s mental state is reflected in the police report: “The man was taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment — he has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and remains in the care of medical professionals.”
Security is a top priority at Windsor Castle. In 1982, Michael Fagan “scaled a drainpipe” and entered a building through an unlocked window, “making it as far as Her Majesty’s private sleeping quarters” before being apprehended, according to Daily Wire.
At the time, Fagan asserted: “I never went into Buckingham Palace to cause distress to Her Majesty. I’m not a mischief-maker or a nasty villain. I have never, ever, hurt anybody.”
Fagan was later committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Retired chief superintendent Dai Davies, the former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, said the incident reminds authorities of the “very serious threat” that “fixated people and stalkers” pose.
Davies added: “In all my years of crime and catching criminals, it is rare for crossbows to be used for criminal purposes. Anyone knowing the royals were in residence and having a fair idea of their comings and goings, could pose a very real and potentially tragic threat with something like that.”
Scroll down to leave a comment and share your thoughts.