A day after gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh ‘Rocky’, 42, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen near Parwanoo on the Shimla-Chandigarh highway, HT has found that he had a 21-year association with the city and cut his teeth in the crime world with the alleged kidnapping of businessman Subhash Aggarwal from Baddi in Himachal Pradesh in 1995.
Arriving in the city as a Class-12 pass out, Rocky never made an attempt to graduate, but started taking ‘classes in crime’ from another alleged gangster active in the city at the time, Prabhjinder Singh Chandbhan, alias Dimpy.
Their first kidnapping together, as claimed by police, was businessman Subhash Aggarwal from Baddi in Himachal Pradesh in 1995 that yielded an extortion of Rs 1.3 crore. Another kidnapping, this time from Varanasi in UP, in 1997 brought a booty of Rs 1.25 crore. Police sources said that even at this time, they harboured political ambitions.
Gang spreads influence; Rocky served jail-term
Sometime soon, after the city failed to satisfy their ambition, the duo joined hands with UP-based criminal Mukhtar Ansari, giving them ‘necessary’ recognition for a bid at the political pitch. In this phase of their criminal careers, they kidnapped a Bangalore industrialist and served a jail term.
Sometime in 2006, his crime guru Dimpy was murdered at the Sukhna Lake. The event had Rocky taking a different tack to spread his influence.
He started taking rounds of colleges and taking advantage of his political links, started cultivating students leaders who could be part of his gang of criminals. The bait he offered was supporting such students in petty disputes ion campus or introducing them to local police in-charges.
It was at this time that a Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) leader, Lawrence Bishnoi, 20, son of a Ferozepur-based agriculturist, who was the student of DAV College, Sector 10, came under Rocky’s influence. Bishnoi was reportedly involved in several cases of car-jacking and extortion with Rocky coming to his recue in dealing with his cases.
Start of a new gang
Drawing inspiration from Rocky’s support to Bishnoi and the flashy lifestyle they seemed to lead, two students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Gurshahid alias Shera and Jaipal started the car-jacking business with a Sector-33 businessman being one of their first targets. This gang then opened its doors to colleges students and looted a bank at Panchkula and SAS Nagar.
The gang war
Fissures emerged in the gang when a former Khalsa College student, Gurshahid alias Shera Khubban along with Gurpreet Sekhon murdered Amandeep Singh Deora (who was close to Rocky) in Ferozepur.
Khubban was killed at a police encounter in Bathinda. Jaipal, the mastermind of the car-jacking incidents, blamed Rocky for the encounter. This was then the start of gang war that has, possibly, claimed Rocky’s life.