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Ryan International murder case story so far: Accused sent to remand; Boy's parents want death penalty

CBI on Wednesday morning reportedly arrested a Class XI student in the murder of seven-year old boy in Gurugram's Ryan Internation School in August

FP Staff November 08, 2017 18:50:33 IST
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Ryan International murder case story so far: Accused sent to remand; Boy's parents want death penalty

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11:10 (ist)

Class XI student may have murdered Pradyuman to get exams postponed

According to India Today, the father of the Class XI student said that investigators claimed that his murdered Pradyuman because he wanted the school exams postponed. He allegedly killed Pradyuman so that Ryan International School would declare a holiday later.

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Nov 08, 2017 - 17:54 (IST)

Crucial CCTV footage was ignored earlier, says CBI; Gurugram police has some tough questions to answer

The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime, particularly, by analysing a CCTV footage, which it said was ignored earlier. They also studied the scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and they questioned students, teachers and staff of the school. 

The CBI's findings will be a major embarrassment for the Gurgaon Police, which had blamed Ashok Kumar and alleged that he was waiting in the toilet with a knife. The police had formed 14 SIT teams. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 17:34 (IST)

CBI didn't present Class XI student to be tried as an adult in case: Defence Lawyer

The defence lawyer has claimed that the CBI has not yet moved a formal plea that the accused be tried as an adult, under the new law. The defence also claimed that the charges are false and the Class XI student is being falsely implicated. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 17:32 (IST)

CBI gets 3-day remand of accused juvenile, but conditions apply*

The juvenile court has declined CBI's request for a six-day custody and granted them a three-day remand instead. The court also observed that since the accused is a juvenile, certain set of conditions should be followed in interrogation. 

  • The interrogation can only be carried out between 10 am and 6 pm and the accused should be sent to the juvenile home after that
  • The teenager's parents and a social worker must accompany him for the interrogations. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 17:26 (IST)

CBI gets 3-day remand of accused Class XI student; parents demand trial as adult, death penalty

Nov 08, 2017 - 16:56 (IST)

Recap: The Story So Far

  • In a fresh twist to the case, CBI arrested a Class XI student last night, the same boy who had first found Pradyuman and informed the gardener.
  • Based on CCTV footage, CBI concluded that the 16-year-old left the toilet 3 minutes after Pradyuman entered
  • The accused did not take the usual route to his class and did not meet any school staffer until 30 minutes after the he first reported about finding Pradyuman. 
  • CBI says Ashok has not been cleared completely. They will probe his role in destroying evidence
  • Accused was produced in a juvenile court today. CBI sought a 6-day custody and pleaded that the accused be treated as adult as the murder qualified as a heinous crime. Ruling is expected shortly. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 16:47 (IST)

No evidence against conductor: CBI

The CBI said it did not find any evidence against bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was the Gurgaon Police's sole accused in the gruesome killing. The murder weapon, a knife, was found in the commode of the toilet where the killing allegedly took place, said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal.

 

It was the same knife seized by the Gurugram Police, he said.  

Kumar, a resident of Ghamdoj village in Sohna, was hired by a school bus contractor around seven months before the killing. Villagers in Ghamdoj had said Kumar had been framed and he had no previous history of being involved in any crime.  

Nov 08, 2017 - 16:31 (IST)

Accused student interrogated four times; he denied involvement every time

The CBI sources have told CNN-News 18 that the accused student was grilled four times and each time he denied his involvement. The sources said that when he was confronted with the facts he later confessed that he had killed the 8-year-old child to get the exams postponed and avoit a parents-teacher meeting. The accused was a below average student who did poorly in his exams and excelled at only music. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 16:09 (IST)

CBI seeks 6-day custody of accused Class XI student; juvenile court's order expected at 5pm

Nov 08, 2017 - 16:07 (IST)

Accused Class XI student was earlier spotted with a knife

CNN-News 18 reported said that the accused Class XI student was seen carrying a knife to the student, which he might have flushed in the toilet after the attack. 

Nov 08, 2017 - 15:56 (IST)

CBI accuses 16-year-old student of murder but bus conductor Ashok still not in clear

The CBI has accused a Class XI student, who it said was under treatment for anger issues, for Pradyuman Thakur's murdered. The investigation agency said that the teenager was trying to pose as an informer and initially denied wrongdoing. 

However, Ashok, who was earlier charged with the crime is still not in the clear. CBI has said they will investigate his role in destruction of evidence, and apprise the Gurgaon court of their findings. The court will decide on his fate later. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has apprehended a Class XI student for the murder of a seven-year-old boy, who was found dead in Gurugram's Ryan International School in August, media reports have said.

The arrested accused is a student from the same school. According to CNN-News18, he was detained from his residence in Sohna near Gurugram. India Today reported that the Class XI student was the first to spot and identify The child's body in August. However, his family has said the boy is innocent and has been "wrongly framed". "The CBI has arrested my child illegally. They claim he killed the boy. However, this is not true," the father of the accused said.

According to CNN-News18, CBI will be filing the chargesheet on 18 November. CBI is also questioning the family members of the Class XI boy in the case. "We want the boy to be tried as an adult...We will demand nothing less than the death penalty," Sushil Tekriwal, the counsel for the boy's parents, told CNN-News18.

Sources have also told the news channel that the boy has confessed to the crime and the CBI decided to arrest the boy on Tuesday evening. The clearance for the apprehension reportedly came from top officials in the CBI. The sources also told the news channel that the parents of the accused boy have been asked to join the investigation.

CBI soures also told CNN-News18 that the low resolution of the CCTV footage of the incident was a problem earlier. The family of the bus conductor, who had earlier been accused of the murder, has also said that even though they are relieved, they will not be happy until the truth comes out. The family also demanded a fair trial in this case. Ashok, the bus conductor, had earlier alleged that he tortured and forced to confess to the crime.

The Class 2 student's father Barun Chandra Thakur was quoted by CNN-News18 as accusing the Gurugram police of neglecting the "actual facts" in the case. "There is more than one angle to the case. It's not just the role of the conductor but there are many others who also need to be probed," Thakur had said.

The seven-year-old was found dead in the school toilet with his throat slit on 8 August.

The Haryana government had earlier recommended a CBI probe in the matter following a massive outrage. The agency took over the probe on 22 September.

The Gurugram Police had earlier arrested Ryan International School's bus conductor and had interrogated several school staff including a gardener and drivers.

Ryan Pinto, CEO of the Ryan International Group, was also quizzed in the case.

The Supreme Court had then directed the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide within 10 days the anticipatory bail pleas of three Ryan International Group trustees. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra passed the directions on a plea moved by the boy's father challenging the extension of the interim protection from arrest granted to the three trustees.

The father had assailed the high court's order granting interim protection to Ryan Pinto and his parents, alleging that granting interim protection against their possible arrest was "illegal and unconstitutional".

With inputs from agencies

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