Gurgaon schoolboy murder: My husband was framed as we are poor, says bus conductor's wife

Kin of Ashok Kumar, the accused in Ryan school murder, alleged that he was pressurised by police to confess

Published: 09th November 2017 10:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2017 10:13 AM   |  A+A-

Police outside the Ryan International School in Gurugram where Pradyuman was found dead. (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The wife of the bus conductor who was wrongly implicated in the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman at Ryan International School spoke bitterly of her family’s plight after her husband was arrested by the police.

“My husband was framed by the Gurugram police. He has been languishing in jail despite being innocent. This happened only because we are poor. I have two small children who are as old as Pradyuman, to take care of. How will I manage?” bus conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife Mamta said on Wednesday as news of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehending a 16-year-old Class XI student of Ryan International School broke.

The CBI’s move has vindicated Ashok Kumar, who was the prime suspect in the murder of the seven-year-old student, till Wednesday. Other members of the conductor’s family also said that Kumar was pressured by the police into admitting the crime.

However, the distraught father of the Class XI student claimed his son was innocent. “He said, My boy is innocent, the CBI illegally detained him. They called him for questioning multiple times and last night I got a call that they had detained my son.

“I went to the CBI office and left at around 2 am. Ask anyone at the school...did they see any blood on him? I can tell you, there was not a single spot of blood on his clothes,” he said.

With allegations of a botched-up investigation by the Gurugram Police flying thick and fast, the Haryana police chief decided to back his men. “The CBI is probing the matter. They picked up one person. Investigation will now depend on what the agency does. It is their investigation. The case was transferred when our investigation was underway. It is possible that we could have picked up the boy as well,” director-general of Haryana Police BS Sandhu said.

Interestingly, Pradyuman’s parents had earlier said they were not entirely convinced with the Gurugram Police’s theory on the seven-year-old’s murder. After the arrest of the senior student, Pradyuman’s mother Sushma Thakur said they trusted CBI’s investigation and its result.

Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur wanted the CBI to probe the school’s role in the murder. “The motive given by the CBI could be the probable reason for committing this crime,” Thakur said.

Gurugram Police Vs CBI

Central Bureau of Investigation’s revelation on Wednesday differentiates its investigation and Gurgaon police’s more apparent

Theory                                                                    
• Conductor Ashok Kumar entered the school toilet with the intent to sexually assault.
• There were three students already in the toilet.
• He waited for students to leave the spot and tried to sexually assault the seven-year-old child who resisted his attempt.
• Ashok then killed Pradyuman fearing that he would tell the school management
• Sudden provocation
Evidence
• CCTV footage shows bus conductor was the only person who went inside the toilet
• Confession of the conductor admitting the murder
• Knife was recovered as per the location given by the conductor
Motive
• Sexual assault
Suspect
• Bus conductor Ashok Kumar who had been working with the school for nine months before the murder
Weapon
• Knife, which was part of the school bus tool kit

CBI Investigation

Theory
• Planned murder by the 16-year-old class XI student
• Accused has been receiving psychiatric treatment over anger management issues
• After committing the murder, the juvenile dumped the knife in the commode of the washroom and raised an alarm
• Poor academic record of the student
• Whether Pradyuman was a pre-identified target or not, will be ascertained after further investigation.
Evidence
• CCTV footage shows 16-year-old boy coming out of the toilet where Pradyuman was killed
• Confession of the accused student
• The knife in the commode of the washroom, as revealed by the accused
Weapon
• Sharp knife that was taken to the school a day earlier
Suspect               
• 11th class student who was not a friend of Pradyuman
• Accused student’s father is a lawyer
Motive
• Wanted to get the parent-teacher meeting and the examination postponed
• Exams of the accused was scheduled three days after Pradyuman’s murder

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