The acting principal of Ryan International School, Neerja Batra was suspended following the murder of class 2 student Pradhuman inside the premises of the school on Friday. Pradhuman’s parents and the public have been staging massive protests outside the school and the office of the Commissioner of Police demanding prompt action against the school management in the matter. Heavy security has been deployed at the school since morning after parents protested and vandalised school property Friday. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today set up a two-member fact finding committee to enquire into the boy’s death and sought a report from Ryan International School within two days.
Meanwhile, Gurugram Police Commissioner told ANI that they will try to file a chargesheet in court within seven days and request for a fast trial of the case. “Confident we will be able to satisfy everyone after concluding the investigation. Involvement of bus conductor is confirmed, if someone else is found involved, action will be taken against them,” he said.
Haryana Public Workds Department (PWD) Minister Rao Narbir Singh also visited the family of Pradhuman Thakur who was found dead at Ryan International School on Friday early morning.
Last night, the Gurugram Police arrested the school bus conductor Ashok in connection with the murder. According to the police, the conductor tried to sexually assault Pradyuman in the toilet before killing him. The Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram Police said that action will be taken against the security agency of the school and a special committee is probing the matter further. Also Read: If children are murdered in schools, how can we leave them for 8 hours? asks boy’s father
“My son had told me that the bus conductor would use the bathrooms. Does the school not take into account this kind of gross misconduct? The bigger culprits are the school authorities who mint money like an industry,” Varun, the father of the child, told the Indian Express.
News agency ANI quoted HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar terming the incident ‘unfortunate’ and said that ‘justice will be served’. “It is like a warning to people and schools. Justice will be served for sure,” said Javadekar. Also Read: One arrested, police examining CCTV footage
Meanwhile, the school in a statement said “The police are investigating the matter and we have assured our full support and cooperation. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be dealt with appropriate action. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.” Also Read: ‘They cut my poor boy, never thought I will see him like this’
Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, has also asked District Education Officer Neelam Bhandari to submit a detailed report on the matter by Sunday. Officials said that the post mortem was carried out and the boy’s body was handed over to his father. The Boy’s father, Varun Thakur, who works as a quality manager with a private firm in Gurgaon, had accused the school administration of negligence. In a statement to ANI on Friday, Varun Thakur had said: “If children are murdered in schools, then on what belief can we leave them for 8 hours? It is a clear case of murder, don’t know what happened but I am sure its murder.”
(An earlier version of this article misidentified the acting principal of the school. The error is regretted.)