New Delhi , Nov 8: In a major twist, the CBI on Wednesday revealed a Class XI student of Ryan International School in Gurugram who wanted exams and a scheduled meeting between teachers and parents postponed is the key accused in the killing of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur.
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 premises on the day of the crime and used it to kill his junior school mate.
After thorough investigation based on scientific evidences incl. inspection of scene of crime, forensic analysis, analysis of CCTV & call records, CBI apprehended the student: CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal on #Pradyuman murder case pic.twitter.com/W1IuOl5dYT
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2017
“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 stated the arrested student was weak in studies and “wanted to have examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed” adding Pradyuman 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.
However, the CBI claimed no sexual assault theory came out during our investigation.
Responding to this, arrested student’s father said that his son had not committed the murder. “They (CBI) arrested my son last night. My son has not committed the crime, he informed gardener and teachers”.
They (CBI) arrested my son last night. My son has not committed the crime, he informed gardener and teachers: Father of student arrested by CBI in Pradyuman murder case pic.twitter.com/Aw6ujjZ8OY
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2017
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 according to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
Earlier, the Haryana Police claimed that Pradhuman was murdered by school bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.
While Ashok Kumar was arrested, Pradhuman’s parents and two other staffers have claimed that he was being made a scapegoat. The charges were also levelled against the school management including Ryan International Group CEO Ryan Pinto, and his parents, founding chairman Augustine Pinto and managing director Grace Pinto after a nation-wide outrage over the child’s death.
This shocking revelation comes two days after the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Pinto family and asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide on Pradyuman death case within a span of ten days.
The top court was hearing the plea filed by Varun Thakur, father of Pradyuman Thakur, seeking cancellation of interim bail to the owners, the Pinto family by the Punjab High Court.