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Senior held for ashram murders

The Chhindwara police arrests a senior student of the Asaram Bapu Gurukul for the murder of two students, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2008 01:39 IST

The Chhindwara police on Sunday arrested a senior student of the Asaram Bapu Gurukul for the murder of two students. The class IX student, Rituraj Dixit, is believed to be mentally challenged, claimed police.

IG M Krishna said police detained Rituraj Dixit, a student of class IX, who took admission in the gurukul this year.

The boy was not interested in staying in the gurukul but was forced to as his father was not ready to take him home. “He might have felt that by murdering students the ashram would close down and his desire to leave the ashram would be fulfiled,” IG Krishna said.

“The boy admitted that he murdered the two boys,” the IG claimed.

However, Rituraj's father, Dinesh Dixit, alleged that his son was being framed by the ashram authorities to avoid further embarrassment.

“My son has been made a scapegoat in the episode,” he said and blamed the ashram authorities for ill-treating the students of gurukul.

An eight-member special police team, headed by senior police officer Girish Bohore said that the boys died of suffocation and that it was an insiders job indicating that either a senior student or a staff member of the ashram could be involved.

However, initially the police were under severe attack for not taking action after Ram Krishna Yadav (4) and Vedant Manmode (5) were found murdered in the ashram’s bathroom.

The report of the post-mortem conducted by the team of the doctors, led by S.P. Jain said that it was not a case of natural death.

However, the parents of the victims, Mohanlal Yadav (father of Ram Krishna) and Puja and Waman Manmode (parents of Vedant) had given a clean chit to the ashram and accepted the incidents as destiny.