NEW DELHI : Despite Islamabad’s denial of Gajinder Singh’s presence, the accused in the case of the hijacking of an Indian Airlines airplane to Lahore in 1981 appears to have revealed his current location in Pakistan through a post on social media.
A wanted terrorist, Gajinder Singh is the co-founder of a radical outfit known as ‘Dal Khalsa’. According to news agency IANS, Gajinder Singh posted a picture of himself on his Facebook profile on Monday, showing him posing for the camera outside Gurdwara Pania Sahib at Hasan Abdal in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
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Five Dal Khalsa militants led by Gajinder Singh hijacked an Indian Airlines Boeing 737 domestic flight from Delhi’s Palam Airport to Amritsar’s Raja Sansi Airport on September 29, 1981. There were 111 passengers and 6 crew members on board the plane, which was taken to Pakistan’s Lahore.
The Dal Khalsa had been demanding a separate Sikh homeland. Gajinder Singh discussed their demands with Natwar Singh, the-then India’s ambassador to Pakistan. In addition to the release of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and other Khalistan movement fanatics, they demanded USD 500,000 in cash.
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A trial was conducted in Pakistan, and the hijackers were sentenced to life in prison. Nevertheless, they all were released from prison in October 1994 after spending 14 years in prison. Several requests seeking his deportation have been made to Islamabad by the Indian government.The name of Gajinder Singh was included on India’s top 20 most wanted terrorists’ list in 2002.