Updated: September 15, 2017 9:52:19 pm
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced that the case involving the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur at Ryan International School in Gurgaon has been handed over to the CBI for further investigations.
The CM made the announcement after meeting the grieving family of Pradyuman Thakur. He further said that the state government will take over the administration of the school for three months.
“The murder of Pradyuman was unfortunate… Today I came here to meet the family. There was a demand from the family members and several others for handing over the case to the CBI for investigation,” the Haryana CM told reporters. “The Haryana Police has been properly conducting an investigation in this case. Despite that and in view of the demand, this case is being handed over to the CBI for a probe. I appeal to the CBI to investigate the case as expeditiously as possible,” Khattar said.
Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur said, “I am glad that the sensitivity that this case deserves has been shown.”
The class 2 student was found with his throat slit inside the school washroom. He succumbed to his injuries soon after. Ashok, a bus conductor with the school, was arrested the same evening.
According to the police, Ashok had gone to the washroom to relieve himself when Pradyuman entered. He allegedly tried to sexually assault the child but when he started screaming for help, Ashok panicked and pulled out a knife and slit the child’s throat.
The Gurgaon police has also detained the school gardener and a key witness in the murder case, Harpal Singh. The Special Investigation Team of the Gurgaon Police on Wednesday had searched the school in Gurugram for clues to the crime while a CBSE panel also inspected the premises to examine loopholes in security arrangements. Besides Harpal Singh, the SIT had questioned 17 persons including section inchage-Anju Dudeja, suspended acting principal-Neerja Batra, former principal Rakhi Verma, bus driver Saurabh Raghav, bus contractor Harkesh Pradhan and eight security guards.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Bombay High Court rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of the founders of Ryan International Group of Institutions, Augustine Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto. On Wednesday, the Pintos had approached the court seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in connection with the murder of the class 2 student last week. The court order came a day after Varun Thakur filed an intervention application opposing the Pintos’ anticipatory bail pleas.
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