It was a week ago; Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had met the father of the seven year old student of the Ryan International School in Bhondsi, Gurugram and announces that he would recommend CBI to investigate on the case. After days of this incident, the students are still afraid to go to the toilet or drink water as well. The case quickly snowballed into a national issue of safety and security of children in schools, with vociferous protests held by parents and activists outside Ryan schools in several states. “A notice was served to them in Mumbai, and they have been asked to appear for interrogation on September 26, along with documents relevant to the probe”, said Sandeep Khirwar, Commissioner of Police. We have addressed their security concerns and apprised them of the proposed security measures, which the school will follow. “They are pleased with all that we discussed and security measures that will be implemented”.
The school was closed on September 8 after Pradyuman was found dead, lying in a pool of blood, with his throat slit in the washroom of the school. Following the murder, school bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested with the police alleging that the 42-year-old man had killed the boy with a knife after he had resisted an attempt to sodomise him.
According to reports, the move taken by the CBI came hours after they received a notification from the centre on the request of the Haryana Government.
The school had earlier reopened on 18 September but was ordered to shut down again as very few students turned up owing to security concerns.
After an initial investigation by the Gurugram Police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation after Pradyuman’s father Varun Chandra Thakur threatened to approach the Supreme Court if the agency did not start its investigation at the earliest.