A ruthless killer, Sonu shot dead his best friend Monu for marrying cousin
IN HANDS OF LAW Sonu attempted to kill Monu Dariyapur once earlier, had threatened that the day he got out of jail nobody could save him
NEWDELHI:When Sonu Dariyapur gunned down his friend-turnedfoe Monu Dariyapur in Minawali on April 30, it was considered as possibly the most violent and sensational “honour killing” case Delhi had witnessed in years.
The car in which Monu was travelling had at least 14 bullet holes. There were at least two dozen more bullet marks in the stalls and showroom shutters in the market. The daring attack had three people dead. However, things were always not so bitter between Sonu and Monu.
Before falling out, the two were best friends and grew up together in Dariyapur Kalan village near Bawana.
Named Satyawan Sehrawat by his family, Sonu was born to a farmer father and a housewife mother, but did not want to limit himself to family work.
The duo fell in bad company and dropped out of school by early 2000.
They then decided to start an extortion racket of their own that targeted cable operators, property dealers and bookies. They roped in a few local youths to scare their victims and called themselves the ‘Cobra Gang’.
While Monu believed in a more flamboyant lifestyle, Sonu took interest in the lives of local gangsters, gang wars .
However, the rift between the two friends first started to show when Monu fell in love with Sonu’s cousin sister Rajrani.
Sonu family refused to accept the match as marrying in the same village would bring “dishonour” to them.
Monu tried hard to go ahead with the marriage, while Sonu did all he could to stop him.
When the situation threatened to spiral out of control and Monu realised that Rajrani’s life was in danger, he attempted to flee with her on October 9, 2006. But as Monu, Rajrani and one of their aides drove away in a car, an enraged Sonu chased the vehicle, intercepted it near Punjabi Bagh Flyover and fired multiple times at the car.
Both Monu and Rajrani were hit multiple times, but managed to survive.
Sonu was arrested, but he said that he will kill the couple the day he got out of jail. And jail wasn’t able to keep Sonu caged for long.
He left the jail on parole in 2009 and went on the run.
Meanwhile, Monu and his wife were granted personal security officers by a court and Monu decided to show off his new found protection to flaunt his power. “Sonu kept a constant watch as for him, killing Monu was more important than his extortion business,” said an investigator.
So, on the night of April 30, when Sonu finally hit Monu, he wanted to leave nothing to chance. He himself led the hit team and peppered Monu’s body with bullets. Such was the intensity of the attack that the bullets blew Monu’s brain out.
Sources said, Sonu took a long look at Monu’s head lying on the car seat before driving away, convinced his nemesis was dead..