Two acquitted in 1981-Indian Airlines flight hijacking case

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court today acquitted two men of the charges of waging a war against the country in a case relating to the hijacking of a Delhi-Srinagar Indian Airlines flight and forcing it to land in Pakistan in 1981.

Tajinder Pal Singh and Satnam were granted “benefit of doubt” by the court, which said the prosecution has failed to prove beyond “reasonable doubt” the charges levelled against them.

According to the prosecution, Indian Airlines flight IC-423, operated by a Boeing 737 and carrying 111 passengers and six crew members, took off from the Palam Airport here to Srinagar on September 29, 1981.

It was hijacked mid-air by the accused, who forced the plane to land at Lahore in Pakistan, where they got arrested and underwent imprisonment from September 30, 1981 to October 31, 1994 as part of their life sentence by a court there, the prosecution had said. (AGENCIES)