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

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - Shiv Sunny shiv.sunny@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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..

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