Gurugram school murder: At cremation, a father’s struggle to light the pyre

Varun Chand Thakur, was supposed to light the funeral pyre, but could not muster the courage to go through with it. His brother, who had arrived from Jamshedpur, took over and lit the funeral pyre, as Varun wept.

By: Express News Service | Gurugram | Updated: September 10, 2017 9:51 am
Ryan International School, gurgaon, Ryan International School murder, gurugram, gurugram murder, gurgaon murder, Delhi news, india news, Indian Express news Vinod Chand Thakur, father of Pradyuman, at the morgue: ‘I dropped him at school around 7.55 am’. (Express Photo/Manoj Kumar)

Several hundred people gathered at the crematorium near Maruti Kunj on Saturday for the last rites of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. Heavy deployment of security forces was seen at the site, as locals sloganeered against police and school authorities.

His father, Varun Chand Thakur, was supposed to light the funeral pyre, but could not muster the courage to go through with it. His brother, who had arrived from Jamshedpur, took over and lit the funeral pyre, as Varun wept.
As the chants of the Gayatri Mantra receded, locals turned their ire towards police, claiming that they were “hand-in-glove with the school” and wanted to “brush the matter under the carpet”.

Many who had gathered urged Varun to be brave for the sake of his wife and daughter. Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal was among those who had come to the funeral to offer his condolences.

Pradyuman’s family has sought a CBI probe into their son’s murder as they are not satisfied with the police probe. They have also claimed that “other people are involved in the case”.

“How is it possible that my son was murdered in such a short duration of time. Within minutes (of dropping him at the school), I received a call about his murder,” his father said, speaking to the media.

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    Swamy
    Sep 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    Justice delayed is Justice denied.It takes years to conclude a case and then years for its final disposal with Supreme court.Police under pressure form Politicians arrest Innocents and put them Behind Bars, held for years without bail,after 12 years pronounced innocent, several lives destroyed.Criminals go scot free to Crime more. Those who suffers are almost Poor rich enjoy their lives in UK,USA and Switzerland.We care more of superficial nationalism as Judges are busy on deciding when we should sing NATIONAL sONG
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      Dadwal
      Sep 13, 2017 at 12:02 am
      Very well said. I have a staunch feeling that this whole conductor theory is bogus. That guy has been planted into it. So many things are not matching. A CBI probe is a must. The school must compensate the victim's parents, and the license of this school must be canceled. CCTV footage is not available but police claimed they zeroed in on the conductor after viewing the footage. There is no DNA evidence of ual assault. Neither on the boy nor on his clothes. However, the police claimed in one of their statements that was found on his clothes. By matching the timeline it appears that this whole episode may have lasted about 8-10 minutes, and to assualt some one , kill them ...all in that time looks unlikely. Conductor was loitering around after the murder? Who does that?
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    2. mohammed mansoor
      Sep 10, 2017 at 10:00 am
      we Indian are sorry for family, because no justice in India
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