INTRODUCTION: The siege of an Indian airliner grounded at Lahore, Pakistan by five Sikh hijackers ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning (30 September).
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The siege of an Indian airliner grounded at Lahore, Pakistan by five Sikh hijackers ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning (30 September). Pakistani commandos disguised as cleaners overpowered the guerrillas who were armed with traditional daggers. The Sikh said they hijacked the plane to force the release of jailed members of a group fighting for an independent Sikh state in India. Before the siege ended some hostages were released on Tuesday (29 September) and flown back to New Delhi, India.
SYNOPSIS: Before the commandos ended the 20-hour siege, the hijackers released women, children, foreigners and Sikhs, but held captive 44-hostages. Their relatives waited anxiously for the final release.
The hijackers had set a deadline for their demands although they had not said what they would do if the deadline expired.
It was an emotional moment as the 68 people released by the hijackers were re-united with friends and family at New Delhi. There were four Americans, eight Swiss, three Canadians, eight Britons, two Dutch and one Thai among the freed passengers.
On arrival in New Delhi the hostages were said to look harassed and exhausted.