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Delhi police grilling Sonu Dariyapur to recover weapons used in the triple murder

Sonu was on his way to Delhi from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh when special cell sleuths arrested him on Thursday. Officials believe that Sonu was coming to Delhi to kill his cousin sister since he is still bitter about the marriage.

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2017 23:23 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Sonu was on his way to Delhi from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh when special cell sleuths arrested him on Thursday. Officials believe that Sonu was coming to Delhi to kill his cousin sister since he is still bitter about the marriage.
Sonu was on his way to Delhi from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh when special cell sleuths arrested him on Thursday. Officials believe that Sonu was coming to Delhi to kill his cousin sister since he is still bitter about the marriage. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

A day after Satyawan Sehrawat alias Sonu Dariyapur, the capital’s most wanted criminal, was arrested from Delhi’s Narela, after a dramatic shootout and chase, special cell sleuths are interrogating him to recover the five weapons which he and his seven accomplices used in the four-month-old triple murder case of Monu Dariyapur.

The police have learnt that the arms were arranged for Sonu on the instructions of gangster Manjeet Mahal, who is currently in jail after his arrest in December last year. “The recovery of the weapons is a must in the case. We arrested and interrogated Sonu’s six aides, who were with him during the shootout, to recover the weapons,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

Sonu and seven accomplices had attacked Monu Dariyapur on April 30, while he was travelling in a car with his personal security officers – assistant sub-inspector Vijay Kumar and constable Kuldeep – and two others (accomplices Arun Setani and Yogesh) through outer Delhi’s Mianwali Nagar. The assailants fired indiscriminately at the car, killing Monu, Vijay Kumar and Setani. The other two were injured.

The gangster was reportedly furious with Monu for marrying his cousin Rajrani against her family’s wishes. More than 40 bullets were fired in the incident, 20 of which hit Monu. It was the second attack on Monu since 2006, when Sonu and his men had opened fired at the couple in which the duo suffered bullet injuries but survived. Monu’s friend Brahm, however, was killed in the firing.

Sonu was on his way to Delhi from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh when special cell sleuths arrested him on Thursday. Officials believe that Sonu was coming to Delhi to kill his cousin sister since he is still bitter about the marriage. A manhunt is on to nab Vijay Lamba, who, the police believe might have helped Sonu.

Sonu’s questioning revealed that after the triple murder, he was constantly moving from one hideout to another across Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. He told interrogators that he used to take five flats on rent using fake documents and identifies in each cities and lived in them on rotation.

“Sonu never stayed in one flat for more than two three days. He used to shift to the other houses. He never shared his locations even with his closest aide. Sonu used to impersonate as a businessman or marketing professional,” said Sanjeev Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

Sonu mostly stayed in Mandi, Dharamshala, Palampur, and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The i-20 car that was used in the triple murder and was seized on Thursday from Sonu, was hidden at a hideout in the hills of Himachal Pradesh.

“Except on Thursday when he was driving down to Delhi, Sonu never used the car in the last four months. To move from one hideout to another, he was using vehicles of businessmen, cable operators, and property dealers from whom he extorted money,” said the officer.