Following a brief shootout in Narela in the early hours of Thursday, Delhi’s most wanted criminal Sonu Dariyapur was arrested after he was given a brief chase by the Delhi Police. Dariyapur, who was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh, was travelling in a car bearing a Haryana registration number plate when a police team intercepted him.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik recently announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head after he gunned down his arch rival Bhupender Dariyapur alias Monu, his friend Arun Shetty and Assistant sub inspector Vijay Singh, who had been assigned as Monu’s security detail in outer Delhi on April 30.
Police sources told The Indian Express that Sonu was travelling in a Hyundai i-20 car and came to meet a friend in Narela when he was intercepted by a team of Special Cell at 5 am. After the police blocked all exit routes, Dariyapur stepped out of his car and fired a round at the police team. A bullet found its mark but the policeman was wearing a bulletproof jacket. The police returned fired before overpowering him.
He is wanted in a shootout in which three persons, including an assistant sub-inspector and an alleged gangster were killed in April.
A police officer said two weapons— a 9 mm sophisticated pistol and a country-made firearm – and 13 live cartridges were recovered from his possession. However, keeping in tune with his reputation of never carrying any communication devices to avoid surveillance, no mobile was found from his possession.
Several teams of Delhi Police had been working to nab Dariyapur who was purportedly hiding in Nepal, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Police said he was taking help of the gangsters from other states in changing his locations.
In a shootout on April 30, gangster Monu Dariyapur, his personal security officers, Delhi Police ASI Vijay Kumar and Constable Kuldeep, and two others, Arun Shastri and Yogesh, were attacked in outer Delhi’s Mianwali Nagar.
Some armed men had fired at their car leading to the deaths of Monu, Kumar and Shastri and injuring the other two.
Monu was previously a member of Sonu Dariyapur’s gang. Both of them were friends but the relationship got bitter after Monu married Sonu’s cousin, due to which the latter decided to kill him.
In 2006, Sonu along with his other associates had also fired at the car carrying Monu and his wife. In this firing, driver of the car was killed and the two critically injured. After that incident, they were provided security by the Delhi Police.
Sonu had hatched a conspiracy with his gang members to kill Monu and they succeeded in killing him on April 30.