No cell phones, al­ways on the move

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - Karn Pratap Singh karn.singh@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: 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.

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