Gangster Jaipal Singh has emerged as the prime suspect in the murder of his rival Jaswinder Singh Rocky, who was shot dead on Saturday at Parwanoo. Police said Rocky’s driver Parampal Singh alias Pala has identified Jaipal as the person who pulled the trigger, after he was shown picture of the suspect.
“From investigations, it appears that Jaipal was the one who pulled the trigger on Rocky,” said a cop. Jaipal heads a gang of highway robbers and is facing about 40 cases of different nature, including murder, kidnapping and robbery. His gang mainly operates in Haryana, Jammu and Rajasthan.
Jaipal is said to have owned the responsibility of killing Rocky on a Facebook account and the police are verifying the authenticity of the account.
Police investigations suggest that after committing the crime, Jaipal and his accomplice Tirath fled to Rajasthan. The Himachal Police is in touch with its counterparts in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to trace Jaipal, an associate of gangster Gurshahid Singh alias Shera Khubban, who was killed in a police encounter in September 2012.
Son of a Punjab Police inspector, Jaipal is also wanted for the murder of a policeman in Ajmer. “Circumstantial evidence suggests that it was a well-planned crime,” said a cop. There are leads that Jaipal had come to Kasuali a day in advance and waited for Rocky to arrive in Solan.
“It appears that the number plates of the white Mahindra Xylo SUV that the killers were travelling in were changed frequently to avoid identification,” said a police official.
Solan superintendent of police Anjum Ara declined to share details, saying it could affect the investigation.