Gurgaon Schoolboy Killed By Senior, Not Bus Conductor (CBI Report)

Gurgaon Schoolboy Killed By Senior, Not Bus Conductor (CBI Report)

Pradyuman Thakur, 7, was found with his throat slit in the toilet of Ryan International school in Gurgaon on September 8.

Gurgaon: Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon by a senior student who wanted his exams postponed, CBI sources said today in a stunning twist to the case that jolted the nation and led to a comprehensive review of safety in schools. A Class 11 student was detained last evening for killing Pradyuman, who was found outside a toilet near his classroom with his throat slit on September 8.

Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

1: The student was earlier believed to be the one who spotted the body first. He will be produced before the juvenile board today.

2: The student, reportedly under psychiatric evaluation for a year, had been questioned several times in the past few days and his account kept changing, sources say.

3: The CBI says before the murder, he had bragged to his friends that the exams would be postponed and they should not bother to study. His school record shows he was “not a very good student”, officials say.

4: Sources say the student is one of the five people seen on security footage entering the washroom at the same time as Pradyuman.

5: The CBI found the weapon possibly used in the crime in a commode. Sources say the student had been seen carrying a knife to the school by his classmates and a teacher.

6: The student’s father said he was told at midnight yesterday that his son was being detained for murder. “My son did not commit the crime. We had been cooperating with the police. My son was questioned four times…They came to our house and question him too. Yesterday, they kept me sitting at their office till midnight and told me your son has committed murder and we are arresting him. They said you have to sign his confession. I left at 2 am,” he told news agency ANI.

7: A schoolbus conductor who was also seen entering the toilet on CCTV footage had earlier been arrested for the killing. The police had said that Ashok Kumar confessed to killing the boy after trying to sexually assault him. Sources say he is not off the hook yet, but the CBI is focusing on the student for now.

8: On security footage, Pradyuman, a student of Class 2, was seen crawling out of the bathroom after his throat had been slit. He collapsed next to a wall, his blood pooling around him. His body was discovered around 8 am, not long after his father dropped him off.

9: Pradyuman’s parents had accused the school of a cover-up and had alleged that the police had done a shoddy job. Under pressure from the parents, the Haryana government asked the CBI to investigate the murder.

10: The CBI took over the case on September 22 and reexamined the CCTV footage and forensic evidence.

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Source: NDTV Report

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