The fatal shooting of gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh ‘Rocky, near Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, sparked quick reaction from rivals on Facebook, many posting from inside jails and terming it “revenge” for the police encounter of another gangster, Gurshahid Singh alias Shera Khubban.
One gangster even termed Swapan Sharma, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Bathinda, “Rockys friend”. Most of these FB posts had photos of Rocky’s car after the shooting and also those of his body. Shera Khubban had been killed by the Bathinda police in an encounter in the city’s Kamla Nehru Colony in September 2012.
Rival gangs had seen it as a conspiracy by Rocky’s men. Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, in jail for the murder of another young gangster Sukha Kahlon, wrote on his Facebook timeline, along with photos: “Ajj sade veer Shera Khubban da badla pura ho gya. Ah peya vadda badmash Rocky Fazilka ” It was Vicky Gounder, a gangster from Muktsar district, who also wrote on his FB that the killing of Khubban had been avenged, and added, “Aah bnata MLA (Rocky has finally been made MLA)”, taking a jibe at Rockys political ambitions that had seen him lose a close election from Fazilka in 2012.
In the same post, Gounder termed SSP Sharma as Rockys friend and wrote how Sharma had once asked him (Gounder) to sleep on the floor of the crime investigating agency (CIA) office in Bathinda “I had said to the SSP that I would show him when Rocky would be decimated,” he said (as translated from his post in Punjabi).