Delhi Police arrested two school officials over murder of 7-year-old boy

Two senior officials of the Ryan International School here have been arrested in connection with the murder of a seven-year-old boy in the school premises last week that sparked massive public outrage.

As police constituted at least a dozen teams to probe the brutal murder of Pradhuman, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and Haryana government on a plea by the slain boy’s father seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the September 8 killing of his son who was found with his throat slit in a school washroom.

Police said they also questioned the school staff even as a separate probe team left for Mumbai to interrogate school CEO Ryan Pinto and director Albert Pinto.

A senior Gurugram police officer told IANS that the school’s northern India head Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas were arrested on Sunday night after their questioning.

“Francis Thomas and Jeyus Thomas were arrested under the Juvenile Justice Act,” the police officer said.

On September 8, the police arrested Ashok Kumar, a conductor of a school bus, for the murder but many believe that he was made a scapegoat. The man’s family too claimed he was falsely implicated since he was poor.

The Class 2 student’s murder led to angry protestors staging demonstrations outside the school located in Bhondsi on Sohna Road.

At least 50 people, including nine scribes and photo journalists, were injured on Sunday when police baton-charged a group of protestors in front of the school building.

Pradhuman’s mother Jyoti said the school management “misguided” them after the murder and his father Varun Thakur, a senior executive in a private firm in Gurugram, was compelled to move the Supreme Court for a probe by the CBI.

The apex court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre, CBI and Haryana government on the plea by the father.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued a notice to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thakur’s plea seeking to frame of guidelines for the safety of students in schools.

Thakur also sought the setting up of a committee to inquire into the lapses leading to the death of the child. He wanted to ensure that schools were made accountable in cases related to the safety of children.

A bus conductor has been arrested and has confessed to the crime, police said. The school’s principal has been suspended while two other staffers have been arrested for negligence leading to the crime, police said.

All Ryan group schools in Gurugram have been ordered to remain shut on Monday and Tuesday following directions of the district administration amid heightened security at the school premises.

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