THE PARENTS of 12-year-old Binay Mahato, a Class VII student of Sapphire International School who was killed in the early hours of February 5, have demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. They have contested the police claim that Binay was killed over his friendship with a girl.
“I have already given it in writing. I want a CBI inquiry. I do not believe the police theory,” said Binay’s father, Man Bahal Mahato, at his ancestral house in Chanda Ghasi village.
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Supporting the demand, BJP MP from Ranchi, Ram Tahal Chowdhary, said a CBI inquiry was needed as the police theory of the boy being involved in a “love affair” could not be believed.
“We know he was killed. But he has gone with the tarnished image of being involved in some ‘affair’. I am sure he was killed and a teacher was involved. But the wrong people are being held. I do not believe the police theory. He was brutally beaten to death. He probably saw something that could have put many in trouble. Therefore, he was killed. I have already given a letter and will be meeting the chief minister, if needed, to get a CBI inquiry ordered into the incident. Whatever they (CBI) say, I will accept,” said Mahato.
He alleged that the school management was being let off. “They should know how a child manages to get out of the hostel at 1 am without anybody knowing about it. They have to answer. Strict action should be taken against them,” he said.
“I am tired of telling everybody that my son was not murdered because of a ‘love affair’. Baarah saal ka masoom ee sab chakkar mein pad sakta hai? (Can a 12-year-old innocent child get into such things?) And if this was so, why didn’t anyone at the school or the police talk about it earlier? When the incident happened, they told me the case had been solved and the accused were held. Now suddenly, they have been set free and someone else has been arrested,” said Binay’s mother, Kashila Devi.