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7-year-old's murder at Gurugram school: SC to examine safety measures in all private schools

11 September, 2017 8:38 AM
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NEW DELHI: Even as the Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana government on a plea seeking that the CBI and/or a special investigation team (SIT) probe the murder of a 7-year-old boy in a private Gurugram school, it decided, of its own accord, to examine the issue of safety measures in all private schools.

Following the murder of Pradhyumn Thakur at the Gurugram branch of Ryan International School on Friday, a batch of lawyers told the apex court that private schools are not implementing guidelines to ensure safety of students. The lawyers further appealed to the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance, or examine of its own accord, safety in private schools.

The top court on Monday therefore said it will look into the issue of safety measures in all private schools and not confine itself specifically to the case of Ryan International School.

Earlier in the day, Pradhyumn's father, Varun Thakur, filed a plea in the top court asking for a CBI/SIT probe into his son's murder. A bus conductor working at school allegedly confessed to the murder.

Late on Sunday, two senior officials of the Gurugram branch of Ryan International School were arrested by police as protests intensified against the school over its alleged inaction in the murder of Pradhyumn. The School's CEO Ryan Pinto and his parents on Monday filed an anticipatory bail plea in Bombay High Court.

"Francis Thomas, Regional head, and J Thomas, HR head, have been arrested under JJ Act on late Sunday night," said police.

The area's police station in charge was also suspended for "negligence in maintaining law and order".

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"SHO, Sadar police station, Sohna Road, was suspended with immediate effect last (Sunday) night. Speedy investigation underway," said Gurugram's police commissioner.

Police on Sunday lathi-charged protesters outside Ryan International School in Gurugram.

Angry parents and locals gathered outside the school premises to express their dissatisfaction over the investigation being carried out by the Gurgaon Police. They demanded a CBI probe into the murder.

"We're not satisfied with the ongoing investigation, the bus conductor is being framed. School management must take responsibility of students' safety," Jyoti, a parent, told ANI on Sunday.

The demonstration took a violent turn as the agitating crowd set a liquor shop close to the school on fire. Police then resorted to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control and disperse the protesters.

Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma assured parents that strict action will be taken against the school authorities and the accused would soon be brought to justice.

"Under section 75 of the Juvenile Act, action will be taken against school management. The accused will be presented before Court within a week," Sharma told mediapersons at a press briefing.

"If parents are dissatisfied with the police investigation, then Haryana government will order CBI probe," he said.

Pradhyumn, a class 2 student, was discovered with his throat slit inside a washroom on the school premises on Friday. The very same day, police arrested Ashok Kumar, a conductor of one of the school's buses, who later allegedly confessed to the crime under interrogation.

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