A class XI student of Ryan International School killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur to postpone school examinations and parent teachers meeting, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said. The fact surfaced after the student was detained by sleuths of CBI on Tuesday evening.
CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said, "The student was apprehended after thorough investigation based on scientific evidences including inspection of crime scene, forensic analysis of CCTV and call records."
A CBI official, not willing to be named, told News Nation that the student told his fellow classmates not to prepare for examination as there will be a holiday in school prior to Pradyuman’s murder.
The officer further added, the 16-year-old was seen carrying a knife. “The class XI student was undergoing psychiatric treatment from last one year.”
Another CBI officer, part of the investigating team probing Pradyuman murder case, said, “No sexual assault theory came out during investigation.”
The CBI official further told News Nation that the student will be produced in the juvenile justice board. “The court will decide whether to treat the student as minor or major under amended JJ Act (2016).
He further added that the CBI will seek custody of the juvenile student and the investigative agency has yet not given a clean chit to the bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested by Gurugram Police in connection to the murder.
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However, the detained student's father talking to media claimed his son was innocent. "He was the one to inform the teachers about the incident. The CBI made me sit for hours and later forced me sign the confession."
The Haryana government on September 23 had handed over the murder case to CBI. The case was handed over to the country’s elite investigative agency after the deceased’s father threatened to move to the Supreme Court on September 22.
Body of Pradyuman was found inside the toilet of Ryan International School at Bhondsi, Gurugram on September 8. Postmortem report of the class two student states that the seven-year-old was found with his throat slit, external injury caused by single-edged sharp weapon and death was caused due to “shock and hemorrhage.”