Rajdeep Kaur, 35, sister of gangster-cum-politician Jaswidner Singh ‘Rocky’, who was murdered at Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh last week, will contest the 2017 elections from Fazilka the assembly segment.
The announcement was made at Rocky’s “bhog” ceremony at Fazilka, which was attended by representatives of various political parties, including Akali MP from Ferozepur Sher Singh Ghubaya.
“Rocky’s family and well wishers want Rajdeep to carry on public welfare works through politics,” said Rocky’s aide Amjed Khan.
Addressing the gathering after the ‘bhog’, speakers demanded stern action against Rocky’.
The 39-year-old gangster-cum-politician lived a life of crime and infamy. He was booked at various police stations in at least 23 cases, including those of murder, and had been acquitted in 18. But he was eyeing a life primarily as a politician for some years, hobnobbing across parties. He had taken a step towards that life in 2012 and had polled over 39,000 votes, but lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Surjit Kumar Jyani by a thin margin of 1,600 votes from his native town Fazilka.
Born in a farming family at Chugian Kesar Singh village, Rocky did his schooling from Fazilka. His tryst with crime, that too within the family, came when he was barely 20, when he got a case registered against his brother, Romi Singh, for firing a shot at their father, Mahinder Singh.
Romi remained in jail but was later on acquitted. His family life remained disturbed. He was unmarried, while his mother had once asked for security due to threat from Rocky, though she later settled their disputes before the 2012 Punjab assembly polls.
During the 2011 floods in Fazilka, he earned goodwill in border villages by distributing essential commodities much before the state government could come to the people’s aid.
In 2013, he was photographed with the then Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in a delegation with Congressmen Raj Kumar Verka and Ravneet Singh Bittu on the Parliament premises in New Delhi.
He was often resolving disputes of locals in Fazilka, and in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he openly supported Akali nominee Sher Singh Ghubaya who won.