No cell phones, always on the move
The Delhi police had narrowly missed capturing Sonu Dariyapur in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi three weeks ago after a special cell member came face-to-face with the gangster there.
The 15-member team, which was camping in Mandi to nab Sonu, couldn’t nab their target since Sonu disappeared before reinforcement could arrive.
Special cell officers said their team member was present in a market in Mandi when one of them bumped into Sonu Dariyapur. The policeman, who had Sonu’s old picture and CCTV grabs, took seconds to identify Delhi’s most wanted fugitive for whom special cell sleuths were camping in Delhi, Mandi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh for four months.
The special cell officer knew that Sonu would not hesitate from opening fire , so he decided to wait for backup before moving in on Sonu.
“But by the time other team members arrived, Sonu had sensed the danger and disappeared,” said a senior police officer, adding that the failed attempt did not discourage the team.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP (special cell), said the special cell sleuths focused on collecting details about Sonu’s hideouts in Mandi. They eventually were informed that Sonu was visiting Delhi to meet his associate Vijay Lamba in the same car that he had used to kill Monu Dariyapur.
The team members shared the information with their colleagues in Delhi while they continued following the vehicle. He was intercepted and surrounded by special cell personnel at NIT road in Delhi’s Narela.
Sonu was finally nabbed following a brief exchange of fire and two pistols and 17 cartridges were seized from him.
During interrogation, Sonu revealed he had hidden the car at his friend’s place in Mandi, but had decided to drive down in it to Delhi.
“Sonu never used a mobile phone and instead relied on online calling facilities. Tracking his movements was not easy. Also, Sonu never stayed at one hideout for more than a week a. His associates used to stay at different rented homes to mislead the police,” said Yadav.