Britain’s head of state was reportedly the target of a failed assassination plot on Christmas morning.
According to reports, a suspect was carrying a crossbow when he was arrested last week.
“In the care of medical professionals”
The Daily Wire noted that 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail is accused of scaling a wall and gaining access to the palace grounds before authorities took him into custody. Investigators are said to be investigating the suspect’s motives as well as his ability to make it onto the royal property.
One police source indicated that Chail “has undergone a mental health assessment” and was placed “in the care of medical professionals.”
Prior to the attempted attack, investigators say the suspect posted a social media video in which he wore a hoodie and spoke via a voice distorter.
“I’m sorry,” he alleged declared. “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.”
The century-old massacre reportedly involved British troops firing into a group of Indian demonstrators, killing several hundred and leaving even more wounded.
“Options to strengthen controls on crossbows”
In the video posted by the alleged would-be assassin, he reportedly declared that the plan “is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated, and discriminated on because of their race.”
One bizarre aspect of the video is Chail’s apparent reference to himself as a sith, a fictional creature from the Star Wars universe. In another nod to the science-fiction series, he allegedly referred to himself as “Darth Jones.”
British officials are said to have already been looking into ways to tighten restrictions on crossbow ownership even before the recent incident.
“Crossbows are subject to controls and legislation is in place to deal with those who use them as a weapon,” confirmed a Home Office spokesperson.
The source cited a request by the Home Secretary to consider “options to strengthen controls on crossbows,” noting that such efforts have “been ongoing throughout the year and we keep all relevant laws under review to maintain public safety.”