Father of child who drowned in Ryan school ‘hints’ at sexual assault

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 07, 2016 00:56 IST
The family of Divyansh have demanded a CBI probe into the mysterious drowning of the child in Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj. (S Burmaula/HT Photo)

The police team probing the death of six-year-old Divyansh Kakrora — Class I student of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj — is investigating if the child was murdered or accidentally drowned in the water tank.

Divyansh’s father Ramhet Meena, on Saturday filed a police complaint, copies of which he also forwarded to the Union ministry of human resource development and the home ministry and demanded a CBI probe. Meena has raised 26 unanswered questions related to his son’s death in his complaint.

Meena has told the police that he had allegedly noticed a cotton swab on his son’s private part that he said suggested sexual assault. The father, however, denied having noticed any injuries on the private parts of Divyansh.

The father told HT that there were several other loopholes in the events that led to his son’s death that needed to be probed.

“Why was my son carrying his lunch box with him when he ‘accidentally’ drowned in the water tank? Also, he should have been wearing shoes when his body was fished out,” Meena said.

The family said that on the first day, the police informed them that they had retrieved Divyansh’s lunch box, bag and shoes from the tank after draining out the water.

“Is it possible for a child to remove his shoes and then accidentally fall into the water? Even if he went for a dip, why would he carry his lunch box inside with him,” Meena said. He added that the boy’s bag was, however, found in the classroom.

The police, after fishing out the lunch box, had asked the family what they had packed for the boy on the morning of the incident.

“We told the police that he had taken stuffed paratha for lunch that morning. Police retrieved the lunch box from the tank along with the food,” Divyansh’s uncle Rajendra told HT.

The family has also not been able to understand why their child would crawl all the way to the water tank.

Divyansh, according to his uncle, was about 4 feet tall, while the path leading to the tank is just around 3 feet. “Why would he take his lunch box if he wanted to crawl,” Rajendra said.

Police investigation has also revealed that the construction site plan of the school does not include the amphitheatre area and water tank, where the child was supposedly found dead.

DCP (south) Prem Nath, who is monitoring the investigation, said the arrest of five people, including the school principal, did not mean that the probe was complete.

“Doctors believe that the child died of asphyxia. The doctors also showed the body of the child to his parents and told them that there were no visible external injury marks on the body. We are waiting for the post-mortem report before more sections can be added,” Nath said.

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