On the run for 8 years, city’s most wanted gang­ster caught

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - News - Karn Pratap Singh and Shiv Sunny htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Po­lice cap­tured Satyawan Sehrawat alias Sonu Dariya­pur, the cap­i­tal’s most wanted crim­i­nal, after a dra­matic shootout and chase at Narela in outer Delhi on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The author­i­ties were hunt­ing for Sonu in con­nec­tion with 10 cases, in­clud­ing a triple mur­der in­volv­ing friend-turned-foe Monu Dariya­pur in April.

Delhi Po­lice had an­nounced a re­ward of ~5 lakh, the high­est yet, for any­body pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on Sonu. The Haryana po­lice, for their part, placed a bounty of ~50,000 on his head. The gang­ster had been on the run since 2009, when he jumped pa­role.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial cell) San­jeev Ku­mar Ya­dav said Sonu was driv­ing down to Delhi from Mandi in Hi­machal Pradesh to meet an as­so­ciate, Vi­jay Lamba, when spe­cial cell sleuths in­ter­cepted his white Hyundai i20 car around 5am. “A cor­nered Sonu pulled out a pis­tol and fired twice at in­spec­tor Vi­nay Ku­mar and as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor Shiv Man­gal. How­ever, the two po­lice of­fi­cers es­caped un­hurt be­cause they were wear­ing bul­let­proof vests,” said Ya­dav.

The gang­ster sur­ren­dered after the po­lice team fired in re­tal­i­a­tion. Two pis­tols and 17 car­tridges, be­sides the Hyundai i20 car (the same one used in the triple mur­der), were seized.

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 oc­cu­pants of the car, killing Monu, Vi­jay Ku­mar and Se­tani. The other two were in­jured.

The gang­ster was re­port­edly fu­ri­ous that Monu had mar­ried his cousin against her fam­ily’s wishes. More than 40 bul­lets were fired in the in­ci­dent, 20 of which struck Monu alone.

Sonu had joined hands with Haryana-based gang­ster Ra­jesh aka Raje, who was also look­ing for sup­port to kill a ri­val, to at­tack his for­mer friend. Monu was ac­corded po­lice pro­tec­tion in view of a pre­vi­ous at­tempt on his life.

Six of the ac­cused, in­clud­ing Raje, were ar­rested in the last four months. Sonu re­mained un­der­ground, con­stantly mov­ing from one hide­out to an­other across Hi­machal Pradesh, Ra­jasthan, Haryana, Ut­tar Pradesh and Delhi to es­cape de­tec­tion.

Sonu Dariya­pur

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