May 1: Gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Parwanoo around 10 am on Saturday.
The assailants fled soon after the firing. Sources claim Rocky was travelling in Toyota Fortuner vehicle when some armed attackers shot him.
The firing took place on the Shimla- Kalka highway near the junction bifurcating the road to Parwanoo and Chandigarh.
A few hours later, his rival Jaipal gang took credits for the killing and even boasted about it on Facebook. The post that was put up around 4 pm stated that they had successfully revenged the killing of one of their members Shera Khuban.
Rocky had contested the Assembly election from Fazilka in 2012 and had given a hard time to the BJP and Congress candidates.
Rocky was booked for having gangster Prabhjinder Singh ‘Dimpy’ murdered in a shootout near Lake Club in Chandigarh in 2006, although he was acquitted of the charges in 2014.
Rocky was arrested in connection with a case related to illegal weapons last year.
Notably, he had been booked under different sections of law in more than 20 cases in various states of the country, including that of murder, extortion, kidnapping, conspiracy, illegal confinement and violation of Arms Act.
His photograph was seen displayed in the criminals’ list at the local City Police station today also.
Rocky’s photograph with then home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in 2013 had courted controversy as he had been a proclaimed offender at that time.
His father Mohinder Singh Jhugianwala was allegedly shot dead by Rocky’s younger brother Roman about six years ago.
Solan SP Anjum Ara rushed to spot to inspect the spot of crime.