Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday met the family members of 7-year-old Ryan International student Pradyuman who was brutally murdered inside his school washroom on September 8.

He met the father and mother of the deceased and assured them of justice. “The case is handed over to CBI for investigation”, the Chief Minister told the media after a brief meeting with the parents of the victim.

He also announced the government was taking over the administration of Ryan International School in Gurugram where Pradhuman studied.

Briefing the media after visiting Pradhuman’s distraught family in Gurugram, Khattar, who himself turned emotional at the meeting, said: “The investigation into the murder, being done by the Haryana Police, will now be done by the CBI. The case is being handed over to the CBI for investigation.” 

He said that a formal letter for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe will be sent on Friday itself or Saturday and the agency asked to complete the probe as soon as possible.

Khattar said that the school will be taken over by the district administration of Gurugram for three months and the Deputy Commissioner will be in-charge of running the affairs of the school.

Pradhuman was murdered on September 8 inside the Ryan International School in Bhondsi area on the Sohna Road in Gurugram district. He was found dead with his throat slit inside the school’s washroom within an hour after his father dropped him at school on Friday morning.

Police alleged that school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, 42, killed him with a knife after the boy resisted an attempt to sodomise him. 

While Kumar has been arrested, his parents and two other staffers claim he was being a scapegoat. 

Police have also arrested two officials of the school and are seeking to question the trustees of the Ryan Trust, which manages the school. 

Khattar also said that the Ryan School management will be questioned and the management will be taken over by the Haryana Government for at least next three months.

Father of the deceased student, Varun Thakur said he is Glad that the sensitivity this case deserved has been shown by the government.

Varun Thakur, the father of a seven-year-old boy murdered inside the Gurugram branch of the Ryan International School in Haryana last week, filed an application on Wednesday in the Bombay High Court seeking dismissal of the anticipatory transit bail plea filed by the school’s trustees.

Several details have flowed in the murder case, 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.

Father of the deceased had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction over the police probe and wanted a fully fledged CBI investigation in the case, with CM’s assurance CBI intervention would clear the air on the case and serve justice to the disheartened parents.

(With inputs from IANS)

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