the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) remand application which alleges that the Class 11 student has admitted to killing seven-year-old boy Pradyuman Thakur in Gurugram’s Ryan International School.
The remand application was submitted before a court yesterday. The CBI was given three-day remand of the accused for further questioning.
The note says, “On the basis of minute inspection of crime, analysis of the CCTV footage and movements of the students near the scene of crime, and questioning of students, teachers and other staff of the school on 7.11.2017, the CBI has identified and apprehended juvenile in conflict with law at 2330 hours. He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of Master Pradyuman Thakur on 08.09.2017 in ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School, Gurugram in presence of his father, independent witnesses, welfare officer of the CBI.”
As per the CBI, the accused allegedly committed the crime in order to get the parent-teacher meeting and exams postponed.
In a sensational twist to the murder case of Pradyuman, the CBI on Tuesday night apprehended the Class 11 student.
Pradyuman, a Class 2 student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 08.
Sources in the agency said the crime was committed in just three to four minutes.
The Times of India quoted a senior CBI officer as saying that the Class 11 student “lured Pradhyumn inside on the pretext of discussing something important, and within seconds, slit his throat”.
“Somebody was going to die that day. He came prepared that he was going to use the knife he was carrying on someone. Pradhyumn just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” the officer added.
During questioning, the boy reportedly told CBI officers: “I went blank and just did it.”
The CBI has not found any evidence so far against the bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was the Gurgaon Police’s sole accused in the gruesome killing, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.
Notably, the knife with which the Class XI student allegedly slit Pradyuman’s throat was the one shown by the Gurgaon Police (which they recovered from a commode in the washroom) as used by conductor Ashok Kumar. The CBI is also investigating whether the senior student carried a knife two days before the murder as well.
The officer explained further, “On September 08 morning, the accused juvenile was carrying the knife and waited in the gallery near the toilet for his prey.” Pradyuman was his random target, the boy has reportedly told CBI sleuths.
According to CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in studies, allegedly slit Pradyuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an ongoing examination. The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff of the school.
During the probe, the CBI reportedly found that the accused had boasted in front of his classmates that he would get the exam postponed so they do not need to study.
Notably, the accused is the first student to have informed the school gardener about the “injured boy”. As Ryan staff gathered near the washroom, he slipped away and went to his classroom where the exam was being conducted. “He was late by a few minutes for the exam,” the TOI quoted an officer as saying.
The exam was later called off as the school had to be shut for investigation.
Ryan Pinto, the owner of the Ryan International School chain, is yet to be questioned in the case.
“The probe is still on. The first task was to identify the killer. It was a tough case. By the time the case was given to us, many persons were allowed to use the bathroom. We are questioning the teenager only between 10 am to 5 pm as per JJ Act provisions,” said an official.