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Ryan murder: Ten things about Pradhyumn Thakur case

All you need to know about the Ryan International murder case — from the 7-year-old being found with throat slit to Juvenile Board ruling that accused be tried as an adult.

cities Updated: Dec 20, 2017 16:26 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
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Class 2 student Pradhyumn Thakur was found dead in Ryan International school toilet on September 8.(HT file photo )

The Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday that the 16-year-old student of Gurgaon’s Ryan International School accused of the murder of Class 2 student Pradhyumn Thakur will be tried as an adult, saying the offence allegedly committed by him was “heinous”.

The Class 11 student has been accused of slitting the throat of seven-year-old Pradhyumn Thakur in the school’s toilet on September 8.

Here are the 10 things we know so far in the case:

1. Pradhyumn was found bleeding profusely in the school’s toilet on September 8, less than an hour after his father dropped him off. His throat had been slit twice and the school’s teachers rushed him to a private hospital from where he referred to another hospital in Gurgaon where the doctors declared him “brought dead”.

2. The Gurgaon Police arrested 42-year-old Ashok Kumar, a school bus conductor, in the evening and claimed he had confessed that he tried to sexually assault Pradhyumn and killed him when the boy resisted.

3. The incident sparked protests by parents, two of whom were arrested for vandalising school property and setting a liquor vend on fire. Several others held a sit-in protest at the police commissioner’s office.

4. The school’s management was booked for cruelty against children under the juvenile justice act on September 10. Police arrested Francis Thomas, regional head of the Ryan Group of institutions, and Jayesh Thomas, head of the school’s human resource department.

5. Haryana chief minister ML Khattar met Pradhyumn’s family on September 15 and recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as demanded by them.

6. The CBI took over the probe from the Gurgaon Police’s special investigation team on September 22. The agency took the accused bus conductor to the crime spot and recreated the scene of the crime. It asked a few teachers to identify four senior students spotted entering and exiting the toilet at the time of the incident on a CCTV camera.

7. The agency apprehended a Class 11 student on charges of killing Pradhyumn on November 7 and said he murdered the victim to get a parent-teacher meeting and a scheduled exam deferred. On November 10, it told the JJ Board that the boy “confessed” to killing Pradhyumn. The next day the boy was sent to an observation home in Faridabad. He later alleged the investigators beat him up and forced him to confess.

8. Pradhyumn’s father filed a petition with the board on November 15 seeking the trial of the 16-year-old as an adult, saying the crime he committed was “chilling, horrific, monstrous and serious in nature”. The board ordered a social investigation and psychological evaluation of the juvenile.

9. Bus conductor Kumar was granted bail after the CBI absolved him of the murder charges. He was released from jail late on November 22.

10. The board ruled on Wednesday that the juvenile will be tried as an adult and the matter will be transferred to the sessions court. The court ruled on the basis of two reports – social background and psychological evaluation of the juvenile.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 16:25 IST