GURGAON: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the central government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Haryana government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) after a seven-year-old boy was murdered in a toilet in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School. Pradyuman Thakur’s father had approached the top court asking for a CBI investigation. Two top officials have been arrested at the school. The principal, Neerja Batra, was detained and questioned till after midnight yesterday. The arrests follow an investigation that has pointed at serious security lapses after a school bus conductor was arrested for the Class 2 student’s murder after a sexual assault attempt.
Here are the 10 updates in the Gurgaon student murder case:
1.A large number of policemen are present at the school a day after violence erupted during a protest by parents and local residents. Protesters set fire to a liquor shop in the neighbourhood, prompting the police to use lathis or batons to control the mob. A police officer was suspended today for using force against journalists covering the protest.
2.Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Schools Group, and his parents filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Bombay High Court. The school will stay shut for now except for students of Classes 6 to 12, who will sit for exams from Wednesday.
3.More teachers and staff are being questioned at the school today, three days after a Class 2 student, Pradyuman Thakur, was found with his throat slit in a toilet shortly after his father dropped him off.
4.A school bus conductor, Ashok, was arrested the same night; the police say he has confessed that he tried to sexually assault Pradyuman and killed him when he resisted.
5.The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by the boy’s father in three weeks, demanding a CBI probe. The Haryana police has formed 14 teams for the investigation. A team of Haryana policemen are headed to Mumbai to question the school’s management.
6.A report by a three-member Special Investigation Team has said many of the CCTV cameras installed in the school campus were not working.
7.The team also found that there were no separate toilets for school bus conductors and drivers, which meant they went to the same toilet used by students.
8.Another worrying detail from the report is that the school hired staff without proper background checks and police verification.
9.Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma has said that the state government is not against the idea of a CBI probe. Protests were seen in other Ryan schools run by the same management, in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Noida.
10.The school management informed parents yesterday that it will be closed for another two days “to express our solidarity with the parents and family of the child.”