Sonu Dariyapur, the Delhi’s most wanted criminal, was arrested from Narela yesterday. Poilce said that Satyawan alias Sonu Dariyapur was arrested after a brief exchange of fire. He was involved in more than 10 cases of murder, extortion and abduction in Delhi and Haryana. He also faced cases under the Arms Act. The 38-year-old was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. Delhi Police had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on information leading to his arrest. Haryana Police too announced a reward of Rs 50,000. Posing as a businessman who dealt in fruit orchards and land in hilly terrains, Sonu Dariyapur evaded arrest for four months, police was quoted as saying by IE. Everywhere he went, he stayed in rented accommodations and changed his name, according to report.
Here are things about Sonu Dariyapur which you may not know
1. He started off with petty street crimes and soon became one of Delhi’s most wanted criminals. Along the way, he robbed, extorted and killed, not even sparing his best friend-turned-rival and a police officer.
2. In a shoot-out on April 30, gangster Monu Dariyapur, his personal security officers, Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector Vijay Kumar and constable Kuldeep, and two others, Arun Shastri and Yogesh, were attacked in outer Delhi’s Mianwali Nagar. “Following the sensational shoot-out in which he killed one police personnel and injured another, he became one of the most wanted criminals on our list. All the units of the Delhi Police were looking for him and there was not any official meeting where his case was not discussed,” said a senior officer with the Special Cell. Even the police forces of other states were keeping a tab on his movements.
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3. A police officer said that no other criminal has ever carried such a high reward in Delhi. Terrorists like Indian Mujahideen leader Amir Raza Khan were carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on their, head but a criminal has never carried such a high reward on his head, said the second officer.
4. The shoot-out case was subsequently transferred from the local police to the Special Cell, which also got non-bailable warrants issued against Sonu Dariyapur. After the killing of his arch-rival and subsequent arrests of his accomplices, Sonu Dariyapur had been maintaining a low profile and kept changing locations between Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh frequently.
5. In 2006, Sonu had attacked his cousin and Monu in Punjabi Bagh but while they had a narrow escape, another person accompanying the couple was killed. Sonu was arrested in the case but later jumped parole and went on to kill Monu’s brother Sudhir Kumar in Najafgarh in 2009. He also confessed to having killed a man, named Chand, in Bhiwani, Haryana in 2009, the police said. He was involved in the killing of Sanjay Sarpanch of Sonipat and Jasbir of Narela in 2010. He was the mastermind of these killings and was assisted by his gang members — Naveen Khatri, Sandeep, Sonu alias Kejriwal, Sumit alias Palotra, and Satish.
6. He used to raise funds for his gang members through extortion from businessmen and property dealers from different parts of outer, southwest Delhi and neighbouring parts of Haryana, the police said.