Gurugram school murder: Cops lathicharge violent protesters, journalists

Ryan International Group's founding chairman, Augustine Pinto (73), and his wife Grace Pinto (62) - managing director of the institution - and Ryan sought anticipatory bail from the Bombay High Court, said their counsel Niteen Pradhan.

Seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur was found murdered on September 8 at Ryan International School in Bhondsi area on the Sohna Road in Haryana's Gurugram district. However, the parents of the deceased child claim that the school is making bus conductor a scapegoat and the real culprit is on the run.

While giving a statement, Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Schools Group, said that the school should not be held "culpable of a crime where it is itself a victim of unfortunate circumstances". The police are also questioning a driver, gardener and a few others to find if the conductor had accomplices. Schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar, who allegedly tried to sexually assault the class II student in a toilet and slit his throat with a knife when he resisted on Friday last is already behind bars.

A greater presence of women - employees and bus drivers - in schools can help address the issue of safety on campus, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday, days after a 7-year-old Gurugram student was killed in a washroom.

The police officials stated that the school did not inform them about the incident and it was through the hospital that the officers learned about the incident.

The Gurgaon police, which today arrested two top functionaries of Ryan International School in connection with the brutal murder of a 7-year-old child in the school premises, said that there was an attempt to destroy evidence in the case. Police then resorted to lathicharge to bring the situation under control and disperse the protesters.

Pradhuman's mother Jyoti said the school management "misguided" them after the murder and his father Varun Thakur was compelled to move the Supreme Court for a probe by the CBI.

It seems parents are destined to forever live in fear - the fear that this could happen to my child, is my child safe in the school? This is a wake-up call for all governments to implement uniform security norms, especially where school managements remain indifferent towards student safety.

Delhi police had said that the Vasant Kunj incident did not look like a pre-meditated murder, but a case of utter negligence on the part of school authorities.

The school management said it was cooperating with police investigations.

  • Joey Payne