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Gurgaon school student killed Pradyuman to avoid exams, PTA meet: CBI


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New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS): A 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram who wanted exams and a scheduled meeting between teachers and parents delayed is the prime accused in the murder of Class 2 student Pradyuman Thakur, the CBI said on Wednesday.

CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said the Class 11 student was detained on Tuesday night after "inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning of several people" revealed that he had carried a knife inside the school campus on the day of the crime and used it to kill his junior school mate.

"The weapon used in the commission of crime is a knife which was recovered initially by police in Gurugram (Haryana). It is now with us," Dayal told reporters here.

He said the detained student was weak in studies and "wanted to have examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed". Pradyuman, 7, was his random target.

The parents of the detained student were kept informed throughout the investigation, said the spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI took over the case on September 22 from Haryana Police, nearly two weeks after the Class 2 boy was found with his throat slit in a school bathroom.

The accused will now be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, where the court is expected to decide whether he is to be treated as a major or a minor as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

The Haryana Police had earlier claimed that Pradyuman was killed by school bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.

While Ashok Kumar was arrested, Pradyuman's parents and two other staffers have claimed that he was being made a scapegoat.

 

Earlier Report


Killing of boy in Gurgaon school: CBI detains class XI student on murder charges

New Delhi, Nov 8 (India Today): The Central Bureau of Investigation today detained a Class XI student of Gurgaon, Haryana's Ryan International School in connection with the gruesome murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur.

The arrest, the details of which are currently sketchy, comes as a major twist in the Pradyuman Thakur murder case, a case that grabbed national headlines. The CBI is expected to release an official statement later today morning.

Up until right now, a school bus conductor at Gurgaon's Ryan International School was believed to be the prime suspect in the murder of the seven-year-old. Days after the killing, Gurgaon Police had arrested the conductor for the child's murder.

Gurgaon Police even claimed they had managed to secure a confession from the conductor - Ashok Kumar. According to the cops then, Ashok had confessed to attempting to sexually abuse Pradyuman and then killing when the boy resisted.

However, the conductor's family members had claimed he was being framed while Pradyuman's parents themselves had expressed suspicion that the Ryan International School was hiding information in the Pradyuman murder case.

It was after sustained pressure from the parents that the ML Khattar government in Haryana transferred the murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Speaking to India Today soon after news of the Class XI student's arrest broke, Pradyuman's father, Varun Thakur, expressed satisfaction with how the national agency has investigated his child's killing. Varun, however, said he did not been informed about the arrest as yet.


The Murder

The seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found dead inside the washroom of Gurgaon's Ryan International School on the morning of September 8, 2017.

The Class II boy's body was discovered by fellow school students at around 8 am - Pradyuman was found with his throat slit and a knife near his body. Postmortem later revealed that a 18x2-cm neck-to-ear cut was what killed the child.

That very night, Gurgaon Police, which handled the initial murder probe, arrested Ashok Kumar, employed as a bus driver at Ryan International School, Gurgaon.

Police claimed Ashok came across Pradyuman in the washroom just as classes were starting at the Gurgaon school. There, police claimed, Ashok tried to sexually abuse the boy and then slit his throat when the child resisted.

 

Comment on this article

  • vincent rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    The negligence of the state government and the police is exposed for which they are responsible and accountable too.

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    I am really sorry for the management.
    The top management representatives were harassed and taken to police custody for no reason. I felt, is it a conspiracy to malign the school management.

    Ultimately the truth has come out. However, the damage done can not be ignored.

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  • J. Henry DSouza, Mangalore.

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    In Aurushi case Police failed and the murderer is not caught. In this case again local police failed. As they failed they targeted Poor Bus Conductor. It shows criminal investigation is not properly working. In all these phenomenon Parents of the boy are still big sufferers.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Crime is crime, but treating the juvenile as an adult is just not done. In this case, the motive it self proves that the accused is just kid minded, he has to be given a Chance to get corrected.

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  • Rajendra, Mangalore, Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    MINORS OR MAJORS, ALL RAPISTS AND MURDERERS SHOULD BE HANGED, OTHERWISE LIVING IN FUTURE, SPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    By your logic, the bus conductor who was accused first, whold be have been hanged already....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Bro Rajendra, ur views r barbaric!! While I deeply empathize with the parents of the slain victim!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    U mean to say women n juveniles do not murder??

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    I dont think that the reason of killing is post phone the meating ..... there must be other reason which police is hiding to avoid main reason...... and all know how efficiant haryana police is .... ... But one day truth will come out .....

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Very much sad incident. The student who committed the crime should be given capital punishment & also CBI should investigate the family history of the student who committed the crime.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Capital punishment is given only to rarest of rare cases, moreover he is a minor!!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    @Rudolf R.Mumbai,adult or minor,just imagine the idea of killing of a student to put back the meeting ,was already there in this age and preparations also made and carried out too.One must come of this idea in this age itself ,!what would be in future suppose someone doesnt fulfill his wish forexample his parents go against him ,?wouldnt set back even them to kill:Thatswhy he should be taught a lesson now itself not to do and its consequenses.By the way when he was poor in studies,were parents not informed earlier?were they not keeping a watch on their filo s and his activitys?so small and innocent is he not.16years old.Poor parents of the deceased boy have to hear and grieve of their innocent child .May God give them enough courage to go through their sad time .Heartfelt sympathy to them.Not to forget the parents of this accused boy too must be having a hard time ,to hear the neighbours ,relatives pointing out of their sons hynous act.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Extremely disturbing. Expecting above average marks from below average student is a culprit. But even admission of below average student at high capitation fee also. And some times even below average students scoring high in school with help from other sources and going into science are also the reason. Then the parenting, forgiving anything and everything.

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  • Godwin, Kudla/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Another instance, two victims of our stupid education system.

    Money making business.

    Nothing changes,

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  • santhu, Mumbai/udupi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    another example for money muscle power

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    If this is true, we have to think about the education system we are cultivating...fear of exams leads to murder, this is not acceptable.

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  • Habeeb, udupi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    The try to twist the incident by new story. Find the real culprit at least innocent child parent can get justice.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    If so, the police officers who forced innocent driver to confess to the crime which he never committed should be hanged.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Bus conductor framed by police. Indian police, most of them solve case only by beating the so called accused. Poor conductor was tourchered to give confession.
    This is the great indian police ruling us....they care only politicians, harrase common man....

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Very beautiful and intelligent child by look in photo.My heart felt very sad.What makes a person become so violent to kill this young boy is un understable.

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  • Rekha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Kahaani 3 movie .

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Mr. Arnab had already judged Pinto's in his prime time show on RT. Poor Pintos'......

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    If class XI student really slit the throat of the small boy, then this incidents makes Delhi the most notorious city on earth. Notorious for Murder, rape and pollution.

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  • J. N. Lobo, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Please note Gurgaon is in Haryana and not in Delhi.

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  • L n T, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Here old story repeated many times bus conductor sexual abuse murder bla bla bla but main title class XI student detained. No name really story kahani mein kuch twist hei Bhai.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Thanks to Yogi Raj ..

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  • NM, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    After Gurgaon police mercilessly beat the poor driver/conductor Ashok, he would have been compelled to admit to the crime. I'm not sure why Indian police resort to extreme torture during interrogation especially when they have no proof against the suspect.
    Police are supposed to safeguard people not destroy them!

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  • Amith, USA

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Also, how can we believe the CHADDI BUREAU OF INDIA???? Didn't they give CLEAN CHIT to many Certified Corrupt people from Brashta Janara Party?????

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  • chandra, surathkal

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Don't forget the days of Cong Bureau of Italy ;)

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  • Ravi, Udyavara

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    I thought anyone who's in USA whether it is expatriate will be more sensible & accomplished.... but I was wrong...

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  • Subhash Pai, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    This is our judiciary system. A person already confessed his crime then CBI arrested another person. So what is the meaning of confession from the first person? Is it makes any sense? If the second arrest is the culprit then the police officers have the confession of first accused should be sacked and punished.

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  • Esther, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Why cant the judiciary prosecute the police extracting statements under duress. We read, 1000s of people are in jail without trial for years together. This is gross injustice in the eyes of humans and probably God. Just a tear for all of them.

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  • peacelover, India

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    they have put people behind for bars for more than a decade on terrorism cases. Imagine an innocent staying behind the bars, bearing third degree torture!

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  • CHRISTINE, MANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    such a handsome smart child. Gone for his parents. What murderers got from this innocent child. Whoever murderer may be the innocent child gone.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Which means earlier accused were coerced to confess to the crime???

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  • Samantha Lewis, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 8 2017

    Another Talwars story in making. One is over another started.

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