The main accused in the Pradhuman Thakur murder case was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody and he will be produced in court on September 18.
Ashok Kumar, the 42-year-old bus conductor had allegedly slit the throat of 7-year-old Thakur in the washroom of the school. The brutal murder of the child has garnered a lot of attention, and enraged parents have demanded strict action against the school management for negligence.
Speaking to ANI, Saurabh, a bus driver at the school, said he parked the bus at the school at around 7.50 am, adding that he had no clue where the conductor left after that.
“I knew the conductor for last few months, never thought he would commit such a crime,” he said.
Meanwhile, Neerja Batra, acting principal of the school, will also record a statement in court today. She was earlier suspended on Saturday, and all the security staffs were removed.
While the father has filed a plea in the Supreme Court to ensure the safety of children at school, the top court has agreed to hear on September 15 a plea filed by a group of women lawyers seeking implementation of proper guidelines to prevent security in school.
On Monday, the apex court had issued notices to the Centre, the Haryana police, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the CBI on a plea filed by the father of the child murdered at Ryan International School, seeking a CBI probe into the matter.
Police have already set up at least a dozen teams to probe the brutal murder of Pradhuman and shaken parents associations of Ryan International Schools in Mumbai, Delhi, Noida and other places protested seeking their children’s safety.
The Supreme Court yesterday issued a notice to the Central and Haryana governments on a plea by the boy’s father seeking a CBI probe into the September 8 killing of his son who was found with his throat slit in a school washroom.
Police also confirmed that they questioned school staff even and a separate probe team left for Mumbai to interrogate school CEO Ryan Pinto and director Augustine Pinto. On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court granted interim protection from arrest to Founding Chairman Augustine Pinto and Managing Director Grace Pinto.
Justice Ajay Gadkari said, “The applicants (Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto) shall not be arrested till tomorrow (Wednesday).The matter is adjourned until tomorrow at the request of the additional public prosecutor appearing for the Maharashtra government.”
At the time of writing this article, parents continued to protest across the country, and have demanded strict action against the school.
The police have launched a country-wide probe into all Ryan School branches to determine security measures at the respective schools to prevent any such untoward incident in future.
The murder came as a shock to many parents and several politicians have openly criticised and condemned the incident.
It must be noted that this murder has brought the focus back on school security, a subject that has been buried under the bush numerous times. In the same branch of Ryan International School where the 7-year-old child was killed, another boy died due to negligence earlier.
Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, was found dead on Friday by a school staffer in the washroom with his throat slit. The boy had reached the school in the morning, and within an hour he was found dead.
The boy’s family resides in Maruti Kunj Society in the same area. Pradhuman’s father is a senior executive with an export house in the Kherki Daula area. His sister is a Class 5 student in the same school.