Ryan School murder case: CBI questions Class 11 student, no evidence against bus conductor

Demonstrators protest outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon as they demand action against the school. File photo: PTI

Demonstrators protest outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon as they demand action against the school. File photo: PTI

New Delhi: A Class 11 student who allegedly wanted the parent-teacher meeting and exams to be postponed has been apprehended in connection with the killing of a seven-year-old boy in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Wednesday.

In a sensational twist to the case, the high school student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night for allegedly killing his junior inside the school, said a CBI spokesperson.

Pradyuman, a Class 2 student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of 8 September.

Officials in the agency said the crime was committed in just three to four minutes. The CBI has not found any evidence so far against bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was the Gurgaon Police’s sole accused in the gruesome killing, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

The murder weapon, a knife, was found in the commode of the toilet where the killing allegedly took place, he said. It was the same knife seized by the Gurgaon Police.

According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his 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 examination.

The CBI spokesperson said the minor student was apprehended last night at 11.30 pm in accordance with the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act. “His parents were kept in the loop and all measures in accordance with the JJ Act were complied with. He remains our prime suspect.”

He said the agency analysed CCTV footage, showing the movement of people in and out of the toilet, on the basis of which it narrowed the list of suspects. The agency has not found any evidence of sexual assault, he said.

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.

Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, officials said.

Ryan Pinto, 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 10am to 5pm as per JJ Act provisions,” said an official.

The mobile records of all the suspects were scrutinised and examined by the CBI’s special crime team. Although the Class 11 student had planned a killing on 8 September, the “child in conflict with law” had not identified his target, Dayal said. It was a coincidence that Pradyuman reached the toilet and became a victim of senior student’s ghastly plan, officials added.

The father of the high school student told a television channel that his son was innocent and they had been cooperating with the police from day one. “My son didn’t do anything. He informed the gardener and teachers after finding Pradyuman’s body. He stayed in the school the entire day, and appeared for the exam. There was not even a single spot of blood on my son’s clothes,” the father said, his face pixellated to avoid identification.

Giving details, he said Tuesday was the fourth time they were called. “I reached there around 11am… I left from there at 2am and CCTV footage can be seen for that,” he said.

The CBI’s findings will be a major embarrassment for the Gurgaon Police, which had blamed Ashok Kumar and alleged that he was waiting in the toilet with a knife. The police had formed 14 SIT teams.

Kumar, a resident of Ghamdoj village in Sohna, was hired by a school bus contractor around seven months before the killing. Villagers in Ghamdoj had said Kumar had been framed and he had no previous history of being involved in any crime. “Now that they have arrested this student, it is proof that the doubt we had about the police investigation was right,” Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur told the media.

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India Funding Roundup: A School Bus Tracking App, Robo Finance Advisor, and More

India Funding Roundup: A School Bus Tracking App, Robo Finance Advisor, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles seed stage investments in Indian startups engaged in vehicle tracking, on demand concierge services, healthcare, EdTech, FinTech, and more.

Qlivery
Gurgaon-based on demand concierge service Qlivery, run by invexGO Solutions Private Limited, has raised $230,000 (roughly Rs. 1.5 crores) from Hong Kong-based Swastika Company Limited. The startup plans to use the funds to expand the team, geographical reach and add customers. A substantial amount of current fundraise will be used to improve the technology stack, including implementation of artificial intelligence, said Rohit Pansari in an emailed statement.

AppAlert
School bus tracking app AppAlert has raised $900,000 (roughly Rs. 5.9 crores) in its seed round of funding, led by Narinder Singh, a US-based serial investor. The funding secured will be deployed to build and enhance the core application and to expand its service offerings in markets of Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Australia, the company said, adding that it has kicked off trials at more than 20 schools in NCR and Mumbai.

Pramati Care
New Delhi-based healthcare services startup Pramati HealthCare, which provides caretakers for patients at home has reportedly raised $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.3 crores) in Pre Series A round of funding. The startup is currently offering services in Delhi NCR region.

Avagmah Bengaluru-based EdTech startup Avagmah reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Infosys, and Atul Nishar, Founder of Hexaware, and existing investors. The startup provides a combination of cloud-based SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology to universities for increasing the reach and appeal of their programmes.

Healthenablr
Mumbai-based healthcare player Healthenablr has reportedly secured $800,000 (roughly Rs. 5.3 crores) in a new round of funding from undisclosed investors. Currently operational in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, the startup provides apps for Android and iOS which can be used to chat or have a video consultation with a doctor, or even book an appointment.

Wealthy
Bengaluru-based Buildwealth Technologies has reportedly raised $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.65 crores) in angel funding from a group of angel investors. The robo advisor’s investment algorithm in mutual funds is based on a process called Capital Asset Pricing Model, proposed by Nobel Prize-winning economists.

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Delhi Government May Soon Announce App-Based Bus Service

Delhi Government May Soon Announce App-Based Bus Service

On the lines of app-based cab operators, the Delhi government may soon announce app-based bus service to strengthen public transport in the national capital.

Contract carriage buses plying across the city will come under the ambit of the app-based service which may be announced next week.

A senior government official said that the private contract carriage buses will be given “special permit” to ferry passengers through a mobile application.

“The routes of these buses will also be prepared by the transport department. Office goers at large will be beneficiaries,” the official said.

He further said that with this app service, passengers will be able to locate buses going towards their destinations and board the vehicles with normal fares to be fixed by the government.

The city’s private bus operators have welcomed the move and said that they are ready to buy new private buses for this service if the government wants us to do the same.

On Thursday, the AAP government decided to launch a three-month pilot project for free Wi-Fi at markets. The government will launch the service at Sant Nagar Market area in north Delhi’s Burari on March 15 and users will be able to download 50MB data every day free of cost.

Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC), an advisory body of the AAP government, has roped in a local vendor of Sant Nagar Market for providing the facility.

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