Gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh ‘Rocky’ was shot dead on Saturday by unidentified gunmen near Parwanoo on the Shimla-Chandigarh highway around 9.45 am on Saturday.
Rocky had been vacationing in Shimla and had left the hill station in the morning for Chandigarh.
It is believed that he was shot at by members of a rival gang.
“Gunmen fired indiscriminately at him from a close range,” inspector general of police (southern range) SZH Zaidi told Hindustan Times.
Police claims that the assailants have been identified. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the gunmen had been tailing Rocky’s Toyota Fortuner.
The firing took place on the Shimla- Kalka highway near the junction bifurcating the road to Parwanoo and Chandigarh.
Solan SP Anjum Ara rushed to spot to inspect the spot of crime.
“While scanning CCTV footage, it was revealed that the assailants came in two different vehicles, two in a car with two others motorcycle-bound, ” Zaidi said.
“The two gunmen in the car fired at Rocky, the two riding a motorcycle picked up the empty shells of bullets,” Zaidi said. “We have identified the assailants and will apprehend them soon,” he added.
Rocky had been involved in a number of high-profile crimes such as the murder of gangster Prabhjit Singh Dimpy in Lake Club in Chandigarh in 2006.
He had organised several gangs in Punjab that had close links with criminals in Uttar Pradesh .
In 2012, he unsuccessfully contested elections from Fazilka as an independent candidate. He had secured 30,000 votes.