But, in most cases, they were acquitted with witnesses reluctant to speak up. During their time in Chandigarh’s Burail jail, Jaipal and his gang came in touch with Fazilka’s Rocky, who was lodged there — along with Jaipal’s old buddy Happy Deora — since July 2008 for the murder of Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, a Chandigarh-based gangster and his associate-turned-enemy.While seemingly having grouped together under Rocky there, differences emerged after Jaipal and his men were acquitted by a Chandigarh court in July 2010 and the gang resumed operations in Punjab.Jaipal and Raja put together a dreaded gang of highway robbers.Shera was a part of it, while others were Chandu alias Chand Miyaan, Harjot Singh, a kabaddi player; and Harinder Singh Tinu, a former shot-putter who was pursuing a law course at Panjab University in Chandigarh and was the son of a Chandigarh police inspector.In turn, Shera’s run ended two months later, in September 2012, when he was killed by the Punjab police in an encounter in Bathinda.The tip-off was reportedly provided by Sukhdeep Singh Sekhon Karmiti of Rocky’s gang.His other ‘family’, of loyal gang members, is proud of him, evidently on Facebook, where they rejoiced in his shooting of Rocky.Some made FB posts from inside jails to celebrate it as “revenge” for the 2012 police encounter of Jaipal’s friend and gang-mate Gurshahid Singh, alias Shera Khubban.
Happy’s father, sub-inspector Desh Raj, was already retired then and he, along with Happy, planned the kidnapping of Chirag, son of their close relative. In the Ludhiana central jail, Jaipal met Rajiv alias Raja, when the latter landed there in 2006 for loot and murder of three Ludhiana jewellers. Once out on bail, Jaipal met Shera of Khubban village, Fazilka district (then part of Ferozepur), at a hammer-throw event in Patiala that both were participating in.Shera came to the forefront of running Jaipal’s gang with the help of a new recruit, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon; Jaipal shifted operations to Rajasthan and got into smuggling of drugs.Rocky, meanwhile, started taking Happy under his wings; at which Shera killed Happy in July 2012 in Ferozepur.Her autopsy report was awaited and police said they would soon question Chaitanya and his family members in connection with the case.On a sultry day of July 2004, seven men, five of them barely in their 20s, sat on their haunches in a Ludhiana police station as photojournalists clicked them for the next day’s newspapers.