Ryan student murder: CBI grills arrested juvenile about weapon used in crime

Students at Gurgaon’s Ryan International School

With the Juvenile Justice Board in Gurgaon remanding the Class 11 student accused of killing Pradyuman to three days in CBI custody, the premier investigation agency is likely to come out soon with a detailed account of what happened on that fateful day. During the questioning the boy also told the CBI that he slit the throat of Pradyuman and left the bathroom. The student, who is now under the magnifying glass of the CBI, then went to a PT teacher with the 16-year-old accused, it is learnt.

According to the CBI, the student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman's throat. "Now, the court will decide", a CBI spokesperson said. The CBI's charges against the Class 11 student would provide clear grounds for Ashok's acquittal in the case. "He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder inside the ground-floor boy's washroom of Ryan International School in the presence of his father, independent witness, and the welfare officer of the CBI, etc.", the note said. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the police probe was not complete when the CBI took over the case on September 22, almost two weeks after the Class 2 boy was found dead.

The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing the CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff of the school, a CBI official said.

Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses.

He added that if the teenager is tried as a juvenile, the school should also be prosecuted.

Bus conductor Ashok Kumar has now sought bail from the concerned authorities, as per an NDTV report, his wife Mamta has said that they are likely to sue the Gurugram police for framing him.

Pradhuman's family had always insisted that the conductor was being framed.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar on Thursday defended their investigation by saying that they handed over the case to the CBI at a very initial stage and it was not concluded that time.

The Parliament had passed an amendment to allow accused juveniles aged between 16-18 in heinous crimes to be tried as adults after the national outrage over Nirbhaya's gang-rape. "The CBI should grill, interrogate and arrest the Pintos' family", Barun Thakur, his father said. Perhaps Pradhyumn knew him as a student of the same school.

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