‘Proclaimed offender’ in Punjab Cong team that met Shinde

According to the police,Jaswinder was a member of Dimpy's gang but later fell out with him

Written by Sukhdeep Kaur | Chandigarh | Published:May 2, 2013 3:16 am

On April 29,a Punjab Congress delegation,including MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu and Mohinder Singh Kaypee and MLA Raj Kumar Verka,met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in his office in connection with the Sarabjit Singh case. Also included in the delegation was Jaswinder Singh,alias Rocky,a “proclaimed offender” in a murder case.

Booked in 17 cases ranging from murder,attempt to murder,extortion,kidnapping,illegal confinement,criminal conspiracy and violation of Arms Act,Jaswinder’s name and photograph tops the “criminals’ list” displayed at the Fazilka city police station. He has been acquitted in four cases so far.

In July 2008,Jaswinder was arrested by the Chandigarh Police Crime Branch on charges of “masterminding” the murder of notorious gangster Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy. According to the police,Jaswinder was a member of Dimpy’s gang but later fell out with him.

A US-made .45 bore pistol,suspected to be the murder weapon,with two magazines and seven live cartridges were reportedly recovered from him. Jaswinder was later released on bail. On August 29,2012,the additional sessions court declared him a “proclaimed offender” after he failed to appear for hearings in July and August.

Earlier that year,Jaswinder had contested the Assembly elections from Fazilka as an independent candidate and came a close second. Soon after the elections,he was arrested on the complaint of Rajinder Singh,a former sarpanch,who alleged that he had tried to kidnap him at gunpoint.

When contacted,Bittu said they went to meet Shinde on an invitation from Verka,who is also the vice-chairman of the National Commission for SC/ ST. “Other than me,MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee and two-three other people known to Verka were present. Since Verka is the vice-chairman of the SC commission and hails from the same district as Sarabjit,he urged the Home Minister to send a team of medical specialists to Lahore to provide treatment to him,” he said.

Verka,who was at Wagah border today to receive Sarabjit’s family,claimed that he did not know Jaswinder. “I do not know anyone by that name. Shinde came out to the open verandah while talking to us,and many people were standing around us,” he claimed.

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