Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Class 11 Ryan student confesses to killing Pradyuman: CBI

Class 11 Ryan student confesses to killing Pradyuman: CBI

The Gurugram police also said that they had strong evidence against Kumar and were ready to file a chargesheet within seven days.

In fact, if the Class 11 student detained by the CBI has indeed "confessed" to the crime of killing Pradyuman because he wanted "examinations to be postponed" and PTM (parent teacher meeting) deferred, then we are staring at an abyss that's not an individual aberration, but a systemic failure, a rot in our education system itself.

A day after a 16-year-old student of Gurugram's Ryan International School was apprehended by the CBI in connection with the murder of a class 2 student, the family of Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor who was arrested initially, made a decision to file a case against police officers who "framed" him.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) begins questioning of the juvenile apprehended for allegedly killing his school junior Pradyuman Thakur.

The CBI had apprehended the juvenile after questioning 125 students of Class 10, 11 and 12 of Ryan school for several weeks. The agency has claimed that the knife found in the commode was the one actually used for the crime. "The motive of murder, as claimed by the Gurgaon police and even CBI, is very weak and it will not be enough to convict the accused", he added. Police said that Kumar took the knife with him and was later recovered from his possession.

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Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of 8 September. The bus driver, however, maintained that there was no knife in the box. How's it that Haryana Police did what it did, produced a fake suspect in a hurry to seem to have cracked this macabre case of a brutal child murder?

The family of Pradyuman on Thursday demanded that the CBI must question the Pintos, the founders of the school, and that the arrested 16-year-old student of the school, now a prime suspect, should be tried as an adult. "During our through investigation, we did not find any clue that would point at him being the killer", a CBI source said.

The agency claimed before a Gurugram court that the student had confessed of committing the crime. "The CCTV footage shows the suspected student pushing Pradyuman towards the washroom", a CBI source said.

Mohit Verma, lawyer of bus conductor Ashok, told ANI, "Police had planned everything, an innocent was trapped". "We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor, who was seen coming out of the washroom before Pradyuman came out with his throat slit", he said.

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