Gurugram murder: CBI team arrives at Ryan International School to collect evidence after taking charge of probe

Gurugram: A 12-member CBI team on Saturday arrived at Ryan International School in Bhondsi to collect forensic evidence in connection with the murder of a Class II student earlier this month.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS that the team was at the school campus to collect evidence related to the death of seven-year old Pradhuman Thakur who was found dead in the school washroom on 8 September.

The official said the local police station, where the case was registered earlier, is assisting the CBI team.

The action comes after the CBI on Friday registered a case under sections of murder, arms act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Juvenile Justice Act.

The Haryana government ordered a CBI inquiry into the killing of Pradhuman on 15 September. Pradhuman was found dead with his throat slit inside the school's washroom, within an hour after his father dropped him.

Police alleged that school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, 42, killed him with a knife after the boy resisted an attempt to sodomise him. While Kumar has been arrested, his parents and two other staffers claim he was being made a scapegoat.

Police have also arrested two officials of the school and are seeking to question the trustees of Ryan Trust, which manages the school. The case snowballed into a major national issue of safety and security of children in schools, with vociferous protests held by parents and activists outside Ryan schools in several states.

Published Date: Sep 23, 2017 14:13 PM | Updated Date: Sep 23, 2017 14:13 PM

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