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Gurugram murder case LIVE: Police plans to recreate crime scene, question entire staff of Ryan International
  • 22:35 (IST)

    Hackers take over Ryan International School website in memory of Pradyuman Thakur

    Ryan International School's website was hacked on Wednesday by a team of hackers who call themselves as Team Kerala Cyber Warriors or GHO57_R007. However, the website is no longer accessible.

    The website was hacked on the same day when the Bombay High Court granted relief to Augustine Francis (73) Pinto, founder of the Ryan International School and his wife Grace Pinto, managing director of the Ryan International Group of Institutions in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. Read more here.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Forensic team has recovered weapon, says Gurugram police chief

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Nothing has been destroyed; we have sufficient evidence from crime scene, says Gurugram Police chief Sandeep Khirwar

  • 19:32 (IST)

    We hope our investigation satisfies parents, court in due course, says Gurugram police chief

    Gurugram police chief Sandeep Kairwar says they are trying their best to satisy the parents and the court through their investigation. "There are legitimate questions which we are trying to answer, in due course we will find the answer," says Kairwar.

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Gardener claims to have seen Pradyuman lying in blood, debunking earlier versions 

    Harpal, 25, an employee of the Ryan International School on Sohna Road, said he saw the Class II student lying in a pool of blood in the corridor close to the toilet's main door.

    "I went there to have water from the water cooler installed near the toilet. Some children were shouting 'please call Anju Madam'. At the same time, I saw the bus conductor coming from the main gate side. Kumar's clothes didn't have any blood stains on them," said Harpal, a gardener in the school.

    "Minutes later, Anju Madam arrived there and sought the bus conductor's help to carry the child to a vehicle to shift him to a private hospital. Kumar took Praduman to the vehicle," Harpal said. - IANS

  • 19:24 (IST)

    Pradyuman's classmate refuses to return to school; shares details of fateful day

  • 19:18 (IST)

    However, 15-minute CCTV capture nails conductor Ashok as killer

  • 19:14 (IST)

    Police plan to recreate crime scene

    Multiple versions of what happened and pressure from parents and media has perhaps led police to start fresh interrogation. What seemed like an open and shut case is probably being reviewed. Police even plans to recreate the murder scene. 

  • 19:08 (IST)

    The entire staff arrives at school

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Ryan International principal grilled for eight hours in the school premises

  • 18:59 (IST)

    Gardener and supervisor debunk the theory of conductor being the killer

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Fifteen cars arrive at Ryan International School; cops say everyone's a suspect

  • 18:50 (IST)

    All 50 teachers of Ryan International school have been called for questioning

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Pradyuman Thakur's father has opposed bail plea

    The father of a seven-year-old boy murdered inside the Gurugram branch of the Ryan International School in Haryana last week, filed an application on Wednesday in the Bombay High Court seeking dismissal of the anticipatory transit bail plea filed by the school's trustees.

    Varun Thakur intervened through his lawyers Sushil K Tekriwal and Mamta Tekriwal in the hearing of the bail plea of the three school trustees - Augustine F Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    HR Jayesh head Jayesh Thomas sent to Bhondsi till 18 September

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Ryan International School in Greater Noida brings in new rules to ensure safety of students

  • 16:44 (IST)

    Student unions from Mumbai demand proper investigation

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar to hold meeting soon

    A high-level meeting will be chaired by Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar along with officials of the two ministries, NCPCR, CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for tightening child safety on school premises.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Ryan International Group's northern zone head Francis Thomas sent to police remand till 16 September

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Gruesome details of what happened and what the school claimed

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Ryan Group official had moved SC seeking transfer of case

    An official of the Ryan Group on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the student murder case from outside a local court at Sohna, alleging the bar has restrained lawyers from representing the accused in the sensational case.

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar considered the submission of senior advocate KTS Tulsi that the fundamental right of a person to be represented by a lawyer of his choice is getting infringed.

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Interim relief for Pintos to continue

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Bail plea was file by Pintos on Monday

    The bail plea by the trustees of the St Xaviers Education Trust — which manages the Ryan International Schools across India was filed apprehending arrest on Monday. 

    The Pinto family had applied for the anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate judicial authority in Haryana — which came up for hearing on Tuesday when the court posted it for Wednesday. IANS

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Bombay HC defers hearing of Pintos, founders of Ryan Empire

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned till afternoon the hearing in the anticipatory bail plea filed by Ryan International School trustees in a case involving the murder of a Class II student at their Gurugram branch.

    The adjournment follows an intervention application — filed by the father of seven-year-old Pradhyuman Thakur, who was murdered inside the Haryana school on 8 September — seeking dismissal of the anticipatory transit bail plea filed by the school trustees.

    Barun Chandra Thakur intervened through his lawyers Sushil K Tekriwal and Mamta Tekriwal in the hearing of the bail plea of the three school trustees - Augustine F Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto. IANS

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Transit anticipatory bail application of Pintos adjourned for Thursday

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Ryan International Group's northern zone head Francis Thomas, branch (Bhondsi) coordinator produced in Sohna court

  • 15:22 (IST)

    There was no verification process for us, says Ryan International School security guard

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Ryan school management to appear in Sohna court at 4 pm

    The management of Ryan International school will appear in the Haryana court at 4 pm today, News18 reported.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Victim's father opposes pre-arrest bail plea of Ryan trustees
     

    The father of murdered Class II student Pradyuman Thakur is opposing the pre-arrest bail plea of the Ryan group trustees, News18 reported.

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Actress Renuka Shahane 'horrified' at brutal murder, bashes school for security lapses

    Shahane lists out a range of red flags that should have been enough to raise alarm at the school. 

    In the case of the Gurugram murder there were so many breaches of security.
    1) That the bus conductor or driver were allowed to use the same washroom as the kids.
    2) The accused was allowed to carry a knife inside the school.
    3) There was no female attendant from the school outside the washroom.
    4) When the child screamed there was no one to help immediately.
    5) The school management tried to cover up the crime
    6) There was a huge breach in the school wall; no doubt a huge risk to the security of the school

  • 17:14 (IST)

    School tried to tamper proof: Gurugram Police tells court

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Bhopal Police issues advisory to schools after murder at Gurugram school

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar speaks to deceased's family, urges Manohar Lal Khattar to meet them

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday spoke with the family members of a seven-year-old boy who was killed in the toilet of a Gurugram school.

    Kumar also spoke with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, requesting him to meet the family members who hail from Bihar's Madhubani district.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Inspection of crime scene shows security at school far from satisfactory

    CNN-News 18's report from the crime scene revealed that the staff washrooms, where the 7-year-old's body was found, was not secured properly. Lack of CCTV cameras in that particular section of school has been observed, also a broken window to the washroom could become an easy escape root for outsiders trying to break into the school premises. Watch the full report. 

  • 16:34 (IST)

    HRD Ministry resends security advisory to private schools

    The HRD ministry has once again sent the existing security advisory to private schools urging them to put in place the measures suggested. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that he will also ensure that more women employees are hired to make the public space for kids safer. 

  • 16:29 (IST)

    In 2015, a five-year-old had died at the same school after falling into an open septic tank

    According to CNN-News 18, another tragedy had hit the same branch of the Ryan International School, allegedly due to safety lapses. A five-year-old was found dead after he accidentaly fell into an open septic tank. 

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Ryan Pinto moves anticipatory bail plea

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Three teachers, five other employees of Ryan International School being questioned

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Haryana Police in Mumbai to question Ryan Interational's owners: CNN-News 18

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Ryan International School's trustees seeks anticipatory bail

    The trustees of the Ryan International Schools on Monday filed an application in the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate court in Haryana in a seven-year-old's death at their Gurugram school, official sources said.

    "Yes, the trust's lawyers have moved an application for an anticipatory transit bail to enable them to go to Haryana and file an application before an appropriate court for relief," said an official connected to one of the schools in Mumbai, who declined to be identified.

    The matter is likely to come up for hearing before the High Court on Tuesday, the official added.

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Section 2.2.5 of the guidelines is for bus drivers
     
    "Specifically for bus drivers and conductors, whether employed by the school or contracted out, access area must be limited to just the bus area, and specific instructions must be given to them on which areas are out of bounds for them. It is therefore suggested that a toilet is provided in this area or other such clearly specified area with visible though secluded access, to prevent need for such persons to enter the actual school premises."

    Read more here

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Haryana Police team reaches Mumbai, reports CNN News18

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Acting principal of school hospitalised

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Haryana Police says investigation moving in right direction

    CNN News18 quoted Haryana Police officials saying that the investigation into the murder of Pradyuman has not yet completed. However, the police did add that the investigation is moving in the positive direction. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Recap: Education minister reiterates swift justice will be provided as parents' protest turns violent

    Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma vowed that those responsible for the killing of a seven-year-old boy in a private school will be brought to book within a week.

    Sharma, speaking to the press on Sunday, blamed the Ryan International School management and said that the state government will show no leniency to those behind the murder.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Read the full guidelines of the Gurugram Police

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Which parts of Gurugram police guidelines were violated?

    Section 2.2.1: There should be only one entry/exit point to the premises; side gates are to be avoided. In case there is a side gate, this must be manned by a security guard maintaining a record of every entry and exit in a register.

  • 15:02 (IST)

    School flouted several security guidelines issued by state police for safety of students

    With questions being raised over the security lapses that led to the killing of a 7-year-old boy in Gurugram's Ryan International School on Friday, a three-member fact-finding committee has found major security lapses on part of its management.

    Apart from not constructing separate toilets for bus drivers and conductors, and installing inadequate CCTV cameras in the campus, the school has been found to have flouted multiple other guidelines issued by Gurugram Police for the safety of children in schools.

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Two school officials sent to two-day police remand

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Prakash Javadekar condemns murder, promises Centre's co-operation to SC

Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar will hold a high-level meeting on Wednesday to develop a protocol for educational institutions to ensure safety of students following incidents of child sexual abuse in schools, a government official said.

The conference comes in the backdrop of the murder of Class II student Pradyuman Thakur inside Ryan International School in Gurugram for allegedly resisting sexual assault and the rape of a five-year-old girl in a private school in Shahdara.

Officials of the ministries of women and child development and human resource development as well as representative of the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will be a part of this meeting, IANS reported.

The two ministries will develop a set of guidelines and protocols for schools to ensure that children are "protected from any kind of abuse or physical and mental harm", a Ministry of Women and Child Development spokesperson said.

According to an ANIreport, Maneka Gandhi requested Javadekar to consider suggestions such as having women employees as support staff and bus drivers and conductors in schools, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools, popularising POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications and having strict norms for employing the support staff.

Maneka Gandhi has also given the same suggestions in her letter to the HRD minister, according to the ANI report.

Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi has also discussed the matter with HRD minister Prakash Javadekar over phone and recommended that women be employed as support staff, including bus drivers and conductors.

She also stressed on the need to have strict norms for employing non-teaching staff, according to the official.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana police on a plea by the father of the Ryan student seeking a CBI probe into the murder as well as framing of guidelines to ensure safety of children.

The father, Barun Chandra Thakur, has sought laying down of guidelines by which "liability, responsibility and accountability of the management of the school" across the country can be fixed in matters relating to safety and security of children at educational institutions.

The two ministries will develop a set of guidelines and protocols for schools to ensure that children are "protected from any kind of abuse or physical and mental harm", a Ministry of Women and Child Development spokesperson said.

According to an ANI report, Maneka Gandhi requested Javadekar to consider suggestions such as having women employees as support staff and bus drivers and conductors in schools, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools, popularising POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications and having strict norms for employing the support staff. Maneka Gandhi has also given the same suggestions in her letter to the HRD minister, according to the ANI report.

Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi has also discussed the matter with HRD minister Prakash Javadekar over phone and recommended that women be employed as support staff, including bus drivers and conductors.

She also stressed on the need to have strict norms for employing non-teaching staff, according to the official.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana police on a plea by the father of the Ryan student seeking a CBI probe into the murder as well as framing of guidelines to ensure safety of children.

People protest outside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Saturday. PTI

People protest outside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Saturday. PTI

The father, Barun Chandra Thakur, has sought laying down of guidelines by which "liability, responsibility and accountability of the management of the school" across the country can be fixed in matters relating to safety and security of children at educational institutions.

Postmortem report indicates no signs of sexual assault

Meanwhile, Thakur's postmortem report stated that there were no signs of a sexual assault on the child's body. The doctors have confirmed that the child died within two minutes of the attack due to excessive blood loss.

However, the school authorities had claimed that the child was alive when he was taken to the hospital.

Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the postmortem, also said there were two cuts on the boy's body and a nerve was slashed due to which he could not cry for help when he was attacked.

"The second point that came out in the report is that the child died due to excessive bleeding. There was no sexual assault on the minor and no semen marks were found on his school dress," he said.

Meanwhile, police recorded statements of two students in connection with the murder of their schoolmate.

"The SIT recorded statements of two students who went to change their Taekwondo dress inside the toilet at the time of the crime. The team is also questioning the suspended school principal Neerja Batra and two other female teachers," a senior police officer said.

As police are working to crack the case, Subhash Garg, a businessman, claimed that he saw the conductor carry the child to a car to be shifted to a hospital, on the orders of two teachers.

Garg said he had gone to deposit his son's fees on Friday and was standing at the main reception in the school, when he heard some commotion.

"I saw two female teachers and two students were following an injured student who was being carried by Ashok Kumar. One of the teachers was weeping at that moment. She ordered Kumar to place him at the rear seat of the car," Garg told PTI.

"There were also blood stains spread all over the place in a small toilet on the ground floor of the school building. There were blood stains on Kumar's shirt which may be due to the fact that he was carrying the boy," he claimed.

He further claimed that Kumar was behaving normally which is a rare thing for someone who has committed a crime, adding he recorded a 1.14-minute video of the incident.

The school bus' driver Saurabh Raghav claimed Kumar was made a scapegoat by the school teachers.

The police arrested the school's bus conductor in the case and remanded him to three-days custody after he confessed to committing the crime. ACP Birem Singh told reporters on Tuesday that the questioning of Ashok is complete and it is clear that he is involved in the murder.

While saying that only Ashok has murdered Pradyumna, the ACP added that negligence of the school is a different matter and two people are being questioned for the same. He also said that two children revealed that he was present in the toilet before the incident. Police sources also told DNA that Pradyumna had seen the conductor masturbating in the washroom. When the child tried to run, Ashok grabbed him.


Pradyumna was found lying in a pool of blood in a toilet in the school building by some students. "The students alerted the teachers and the school management then informed the police, who rushed him to Artemis Hospital. He was declared brought dead by doctors," Ravinder Kumar, PRO Gurgaon Police, said.

Ryan International School chairman given interim protection from arrest

On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group's founding chairman and managing director till Wednesday.

Ryan International Group's founding chairman Augustine Pinto (73) and his wife Grace Pinto (62), who is the group's managing director, had on Monday approached the high court seeking anticipatory bail.

Their counsel Niteen Pradhan had on Monday said that along with Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, their son Ryan Pinto, the group's CEO, also filed an anticipatory bail plea.

However, Pradhan on Tuesday said that due to some problem, Ryan Pinto's application was not filed with the high court registry.


"Ryan's application for anticipatory bail is in process and will be filed soon," he said.

Justice Ajey Gadkari said, "The applicants (Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto) shall not be arrested till Wednesday. The matter is adjourned till Wednesday on the request of the additional public prosecutor appearing for the Maharashtra government."

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai told the high court that the court would have to also issue notice and hear the Haryana government as the offence in connection with the boy's killing is registered there.

To this, Justice Gadkari said, "For transit anticipatory bail, why should this court hear the Haryana government? Let the applicants approach the court concerned there."

The court, however, posted the matter on Wednesday after Pai said she requires time.

Meanwhile, a lawyer, Gunratan Sadavarte, who was in the court when the matter was being heard, told the high court that he wanted to file an intervening application on behalf of some parents' associations opposing the bail pleas of the Pintos.

Justice Gadkari, however, refused to hear him and said he can approach the court concerned in Haryana with his grievance.

Haryana Police question Ryan International School staff

On Tuesday, two officers from Haryana Police questioned staff at the Ryan International School in Kandivali in connection with the murder of a boy in the institution's premises in Gurugram.

The two officials from Haryana Police were at the campus of Ryan International School, said DCP (Zone-XII) Vinay Rathod.

Of the two officials, one of them is an inspector-level officer. They are verifying documents and questioning staff, said an official.

Fourteen police teams have been constituted to probe the case.

The Haryana Police will be questioning school CEO Ryan Pinto and other top brass.

A monthly security audit of all schools in Uttar Pradesh and police verification of their staff are among the measures announced on Tuesday to ensure the safety of students after the Gurugram tragedy.

DGP Sulkhan Singh issued a directive to all the district police chiefs which stated that "concerned circle officers and beat personnel should do monthly security audit of schools in their area and prepare its report."

Singh also said police should coordinate with schools and district magistrates and ensure security.

Uttar Pradesh police announce monthly security audit of schools, verification of staff

On Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh police announced that a monthly security audit of all schools and police verification of their staff would be conducted to ensure the safety of the students.

DGP Sulkhan Singh issued a directive to all the district police chiefs which stated that "concerned circle officers and beat personnel should do monthly security audit of schools in their area and prepare its report."

Singh also said police should coordinate with schools and district magistrates and ensure security.

The DGP's directive spelt out measures like police verification of school staff, van drivers/conductors, checking unauthorised entry in schools and deployment of security at entry and exit gates.

Other measures include maintenance of a visitor register, installation of CCTVs, ban on fire arms and sharp edged weapons in the school premises, security at washrooms and separate washrooms for students, teachers and employees.

The DGP also said that identity cards should be issued to the entire staff; if any worker is called in they should also be given temporary ID cards.

The education department has already issued issued a circular for police verification of staff in Lucknow schools, bus drivers, and conductors.

The department has also banned use of smart phones by drivers and conductors in the capital's schools.

Schools have been asked to ensure that sharp items do not make their way into school transport, District Inspector of Schools, Mukesh Kumar said.

The DIOS said that the use of smartphones by drivers and

Gurugram: Regional Head of Ryan Group of Institutions Francis Thomas (in white shirt) and HR head Jeyus Thomas (grey shirt) being taken to court in Sohna near Gurugram on Monday. PTI

Gurugram: Regional Head of Ryan Group of Institutions Francis Thomas (in white shirt) and HR head Jeyus Thomas (grey shirt) being taken to court in Sohna near Gurugram on Monday. PTI

conductors of school vehicles has been banned as many times they are used to show objectionable content to children.

"We have also asked schools to ensure that sharp edged items are not there is school vehicles. This will be ensured by checking both by schools and the department," he said.

The education department has also appealed to the parents to be cautious while hiring private vans for their wards.

Two Ryan International School officials arrested, police allege evidence tampering

On Monday, the police arrested Francis Thomas, legal head and Jeyus Thomas, HR Head of the Ryan International School group, who were produced in a Sohna court which remanded them to two days in police custody.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case believes that evidence in the case was tampered with.

"The SIT said in the Sohna court that destruction of evidence was found to have been done. Attempt was made to wash away the blood stains from the spot where the child was found murdered. The blood on his water bottle and bag was also found rubbed. Some other pieces of evidence were also tampered with," Khirwar said.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Sep 13, 2017 07:27 pm | Updated Date: Sep 13, 2017 10:35 pm



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