Haryana Police quizzes staff at Ryan school group headquaters in Mumbai

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

New Delhi, September 12: in a shocking truth revealed, 2 students from Gurugram's Ryan International school claimed to witness the accused conductor masturbating inside the toilet, where seven years old students Pradyuman Thakur was found dead with throats and ears slit.

As a fallout, two school officials - including its northern India head Francis Thomas and human resource head Jeyus Thomas - were arrested and remanded in police custody till Tuesday. "Under Section 75 Juvenile Act, action will be taken against school management". A school bus conductor Ashok Kumar has been arrested in connection with the case, who has been accused of attempting to sexually assault the boy and then murdering him when he resisted. "The administration has nabbed suspect; directed authorities to complete formalities within 7 days". The team is likely to question the school management in connection with the incident, an official said.

The child's father has now moved the case to the CBI, while the Ryan International School has moved the case to the Supreme Court. On further detailed checks, parents discovered that the police verification register at the school office, mentioned that there had been no police verification for the support staffs. ID address proofs were also found to be missing from the school records.

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Barun Chandra Thakur, the father of the student said in his plea filed through advocate Sushil Tekriwal, that free and fair investigation should be conducted by the CBI under the monitoring of the apex court in the matter. She pointed out the negligence on the part of the authorities for various faults in the school's security system, which made such a crime possible.

It was also unclear whether the remaining trustees could also be implicated in the case that has snowballed into a major national issue concerning safety and security of children in schools. At Bombay High Court, Ryan and his parents - Augustine Pinto (73), the group's founding chairman, and Grace Pinto (62), the managing director - sought transit anticipatory bail. "He told us whatever we needed to know.We are satisfied", said Assistant Commissioner of Police Birem Singh. Police have CCTV footage of the school premises, which helped them pin the case on Kumar.

This incident has also raised questions on the profile of the employees of the school. Khattar has reportedly assured Kumar of a fast and impartial probe. While the protest was going on, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the MP from Saharsa in Bihar, tried to enter the school with his supporters to show solidarity with the grieving parents.

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