The father of Devansh Kakrora, a Class I student of Ryan International School who ‘drowned’ in water tank on the school premises, alleged Saturday his son was sexually assaulted before he was murdered.
“I saw the body. There were some injury marks and cotton on his private parts. The principal has been threatening me since the beginning, saying that keeping quiet will be good for me,” said Ramheet Meena, a week after the death of his six-year-old son. “He was done to death,” insisted Meena.
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A police officer associated with the probe, however, did not appear convinced with the allegation of sexual assault.
“The initial post-mortem findings and investigation so far do not indicate this,” said the officer who did not want to be named. The post-mortem was conducted at AIIMS and preliminary findings pointed to drowning, said a source. “The final report is awaited.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who met Devansh’s family Thursday, said based on the report of magisterial probe ordered by the Delhi government into the child’s death, there were enough indications to suggest it was a “heinous crime”. Investigation so far has “ignored” the observations of the child’s parents, he added.
“The observations of the parents are being ignored that the private parts of the child had cotton on them. The report is indicating towards a heinous crime,” Sisodia told reporters.
Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, termed as “conspiratorial” alleged attempts on the part of the school management to give an impression that Devansh was a “special child” with a “tendency” of running away from the classroom.
Police have sent a questionnaire to the school’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ryan Pinto, and northern zone head Francis Thomas seeking details of the charter of duties, construction plan of the school building and approval by various civic agencies.
“The investigation is going on. The notices have been issued to know the charter of duties. If there is any irregularity on the part of school we will find out,” said Prem Nath, DCP (South).
He declined to comment on the magisterial inquiry report, which has highlighted “glaring lapses and serious misconduct” by the school staff. “The police investigation will be in more detail,” he said.