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Ryan school murder: Conflicting claims; accused helped carry boy to vehicle

Saw conductor coming from main gate, his clothes didn't have any blood

Agency Report | Gurugram/Mumbai/New Delhi | 13 September, 2017 | 11:40 PM

An employee of the Ryan International School on Wednesday claimed that he saw seven-year-old student Praduman lying in a pool of blood and teachers seeking help of murder accused bus conductor Ashok Kumar to carry the child to a vehicle to take him to a hospital.

Harpal, 25, an employee of the Ryan International School on Sohna Road here, said he saw the Class II student lying in a pool of blood in the corridor close to the toilet’s main door.

“I went there to have water from the water cooler installed near the toilet. Some children were shouting ‘please call Anju Madam’. At the same time, I saw the bus conductor coming from the main gate side. Kumar’s clothes didn’t have any blood stains on them,” said Harpal, a gardener in the school.

“Minutes later, Anju Madam arrived there and sought the bus conductor’s help to carry the child to a vehicle to shift him to a private hospital. Kumar took Praduman to the vehicle,” Harpal said.

“After seeing all this, I returned to my work,” Harpal added.

Anju Juneja is the section incharge of Class II, in which Praduman was studying.

According to Harpal, he has been working with the school for months but he is yet to be issued an identity card by the school.

Subhash Garg, father of another school student, said he was present on the campus when the incident took place. Garg said he rushed along with others to the site of the crime on hearing the screams of staff members and students.

He said bus conductor Kumar carried the child to a vehicle.

Garg and some other parents, who were in the school then, were also witness to an argument between Anju Juneja and acting-Principal of school Neerja Batra.

Some one videographed the argument on his mobile phone, which has been released now in the social media, five days after the killing of Praduman.

Students’ parents present in the school on the fateful day have also questioned the need to clean the blood spattered on the crime spot in a hurry — even before the arrival of police.

Praduman was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International School here on September 8.

His father has since moved the Supreme Court for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.

Meanwhile, as per the post-mortem report, there was no sexual assault on Pradhuman.

“There were no physical injury marks on the body. Body samples were sent for forensic analysis, which established that he was not sexually assaulted,” senior forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the autopsy, said.

Police have arrested school bus conductor Kumar, 42, on suspicion of him being the child’s killer. Police have claimed that he killed the minor after failing to sexually assault the child.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned, till Thursday morning, the hearing in the anticipatory bail plea filed by Ryan International School trustees in a case involving the murder of a Class 2 student at their Gurugram branch.

The adjournment follows an intervention application — filed by the father of Pradhyuman Thakur– seeking dismissal of the anticipatory transit bail plea filed by the school trustees.

Varun Chandra Thakur intervened through his lawyers Sushil K. Tekriwal and Mamta Tekriwal in the hearing of the bail plea of the three school trustees — Augustine F. Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto.

Apprehending their arrest, the trustees of the St. Xaviers Education Trust, which manages the Ryan International Schools across India, filed the plea on Monday.

At the hearing this afternoon, the Pintos’ lawyer Nitin Pradhan argued they had not been served the notices by the lawyers of Thakur who sought to become an intervenor in the matter today.

Thakur’s lawyers countered by arguing that they had served the notices, but the Pintos’ lawyers refused to accept them.

After the brief hearing, Justice A. S. Gadkari adjourned the bail plea matter till Thursday morning, said lawyer Manoj Dhall, who is representing another another intervenor, the Parents Group for Students Welfare (PGSW).

Besides the victim’s father, and PGSW, another intervenor is lawyer Gunratan Sadavarte representing the Ambedkar Students Association which had actively raised the Rohith Vemula suicide case almost two years ago.

The Pintos’ plea for anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate judicial authority in Haryana came up for hearing on Tuesday when the court posted it for Wednesday.

Pradhyuman was found with his throat slit inside the school’s washroom within an hour after his father dropped him off last Friday morning.

A Haryana Police team on Tuesday questioned several staffers and manager of the Ryan International School at the Kandivali headquarters, and examined documents and records.

However, the three main trustees remained elusive while the details of the other trustees were not known.

The case has snowballed into a major national issue concerning safety and security of children in private schools, with vociferous protests by parents and activists outside the Ryan schools in several states including Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
The Supreme Court will hear on September 18 a plea by Ryan International School seeking transfer of trial outside Haryana of the case.

Francis Thomas – the north zone administrator of the school – sought transfer from a Haryana court to one in Delhi.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the matter would be taken up for hearing on Monday.

Senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi sought the transfer from Sohna court in Haryana to Delhi.

Tulsi told the bench that the Sohna Bar Association has passed a resolution saying no lawyer would appear for the accused in the brutal murder of Pradhuman Thakur, a seven-year-old student who was found with his throat slit inside the school’s washroom on September 8.

The court was told that the defence lawyers going from Delhi also faced hostility in the Sohna court. (IANS)