Ryan International boy had water in his lungs : Autopsy report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2016 07:43 IST
Police officials enter the premises of Ryan International School where a six-year-old student was found dead in a pit. (Hindustan Times)

Six-year-old Divyansh, who was found dead in the water tank of his school — Ryan International — on Saturday, had drowned, the post-mortem report suggests.

Even as the police have not completely ruled out foul play, Divyansh’s father demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

The police suspected that someone must have killed the boy and dumped the body in the tank. However, it was ruled out once the initial findings of the post-mortem were shared with them. “The child was alive when he fell in the tank. The cause of death in this case is asphyxia. He had water in his lungs. It is clear that he struggled to come out of the tank and was alive for sometime after which he fell unconscious and drowned. The theory that someone murdered him and dumped his body inside has been ruled out as there are no visible injury marks on the body that could have led to the death. We are yet to receive the final post-mortem report,” a senior police officer said.

Though it appears that the child accidentally slipped inside the tank and drowned, police have not completely ruled out foul play as someone may have pushed the child inside the tank.

Divyansh’s father, Ramhet Meena, said:. “The school is at fault here. Now they are trying to divert attention saying that my child used to run away from class. It is murder not an accident. Why was the tank covered when the police reached the spot? They are trying to cover up. The person responsible should be brought to book and we demand a CBI probe.”

The police on Sunday questioned the principal of the school and other non-teaching staff in connection to the case. Sources said that when the police team reached the spot to investigate, the tank in which the child had fallen and died, was found to be covered. It appears that the guard taking care of the tank covered it after pulling out the boy’s body to save himself from being fired, an officer said.

Sources said that there were four gates leading to the tank. While three of them were locked, the fourth gate was left open and there was no one guarding the gate. “The principal in her statement claimed that she had deployed guards at all the gates and that the tank was covered, but during investigation we found out that the fourth gate leading to the tank was unguarded and the tank was left uncovered. The guard who must have been on duty there got scared and covered the tank after pulling the boy out,” sources said.

The principal also told the police that the boy was suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was getting treatment at AIIMS. The school authorities also told the boy used to bunk classes and had also run away through the bathroom’s window on several occasions. “This is no excuse as the tank should not have been left uncovered,” police said.

The police also said that there was no CCTVnear the spot where Divyansh drowned.

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