Ryan school murder case: CBI raided juvenile’s home over a month ago, court order shows

Ryan school murder case: A Haryana court order shows that the CBI raided the house of the juvenile on September 29 and seized certain articles and documents.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2017 7:10 am
 ryan school murder case, pradyuman thakur, ryan international gurugram, indian express CBI starts investigation in Ryan International school case, in Gurugram on Saturday. Photo by Manoj Kumar 23.9.2017

While the CBI arrested a Class XI student for the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on November 7, it had identified the “prime suspect” almost one-and-a-half months ago. A Haryana court order shows that the CBI raided the house of the juvenile on September 29 and seized certain articles and documents. This was barely six days after it had taken over the case from the Gurgaon police, which had arrested a bus conductor in connection with the murder.

Asked why it then took over a month for the agency to apprehend the juvenile, a CBI spokesperson refused to comment, saying the matter is between the court and the agency. A CBI officer, however, said it takes time to collect concrete evidence in a case, and only then does the agency move ahead with the arrest.

Pradyuman, a Class II student at Ryan International School’s Bhondsi branch, was found murdered — his throat slit with a knife — on the morning of September 8 inside the school washroom. By evening, Gurgaon Police had arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar in connection with the murder, and had claimed that he tried to sexually assault the child and killed him after he raised an alarm.

After Pradyuman’s parents expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation, the probe was transferred to the CBI, which registered a case on September 22.

The September 28 court order states: “Heard. Pending investigation, all the three accused are remanded in judicial custody till 12.10.2017. Judicial remand made by video conferencing on this date, awaiting challan. “An application for intimation of search conducted u/s 165 CrPC on 28.9.17 at the residence of one (name of the accused’s father), student of Class XI of Ryan International School and permission to retain the seized articles/documents for the purpose of investigation, filed. “Heard. CBI is permitted to retain the seized articles/documents for the purpose of investigation of the instant case.”

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The order mentions the case as State vs Ashok etc. DCP CBI/SC III of New Delhi, Ajay Kumar Bassi, was also present in court. The CBI on Friday questioned the apprehended student the entire day. On Thursday, the agency took the boy to Sohna to ascertain the shop from where he bought the knife allegedly used in the murder.

Sources, however, said the shopkeeper was unable to recognise the apprehended boy as the one who bought the knife. He reportedly told CBI officials that several knives are sold by him every day, and he does not remember each customer.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged in a briefing to the media that the government deliberately made the revelation about the twist in the Pradyuman murder case on November 8 to deflect attention from the demonetisation anniversary.

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    1. S
      Nov 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm
      This is highly immature of the congress spoke person to give such a sad incident like this a political turn..This prove how our minister thought process is stead of giving sympathy to the parents they are now playing blame games a great nation like india i am very sad to say that mr. You are the spoilt apple between all of us
      1. B
        Nov 11, 2017 at 10:06 am
        and this year's most incompetent CM award goes to Moron lal khattar! never fails to fail - the nexus between the school, the haryana cops to foist the crime on a poor man - is indicate of an enormous sum of money that must have gone into the saffron coffers! such is the fate of the average indian citizen when confronted with such situations. as one state after another in india gets saffronised (gujrat, rajashtan, UP, MP, chattisgarh), the brainless and the braindead, the corrupt and the craven, the illiterate and the imbeciles take over - this is the fate of india under the scourge of saffron that spreads like a cancer metastatising into racism, bigotry, hatred, and genocide - genocide of democratic ins utions, critical thinking, free thinking, progressive thinking, and the genocide of people
        1. S
          Santanu Roy
          Nov 11, 2017 at 7:14 am
          Sack the Gurugram police commissioner and discharge from services the entire police team that applied third degree on the hapless conductor to extract confession from him