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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American Gods Recap: Season 1, Episode 6 “A Murder of Gods”

American Gods Recap: Season 1, Episode 6

Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan in a still from American Gods

HIGHLIGHTS

  • American Gods streams on Amazon Prime Video
  • The first season contains a total of eight episodes
  • Episode six introduced Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan

“Did you just name drop Jesus Christ like you know a guy who knows a guy?” Laura asks Mad Sweeney in the sixth episode of American Gods, “A Murder of Gods”. It’s only slightly connected to the opening vignette we get featuring Mexican immigrants crossing over to the US, with the bigger connection reserved for the man – umm, God – Shadow and Wednesday will meet on their travels.

Note: spoilers below for the sixth episode of American Gods.

This week’s episode, after the frenetic pace of last week, felt it meandered needlessly. Unlike Neil Gaiman’s book, the show now has two parallel road-trips. The first is the one we’ve been following since the premiere, with Shadow and Wednesday, on a journey across America to gather the Old Gods for a coming war against the New Gods. The other, beginning this week, is the pairing of Laura, Sweeney, and Salim.

The latter conveniently shows up at the same motel the other duo were holed up at, in the taxi he was given earlier in the season. Salim pulls a gun on Sweeney when he finds the latter trying to hotwire his car. Sweeney had decided on it after revealing that he can’t manage the alarm on the more modern car Laura picks out in the parking lot. Having overheard Sweeney tell Laura that he’s a leprechaun, Salim asks him if he’s ever met a Jinn.

After Sweeney gives a description that matches who Salim met, he tells Salim to drive them to Kentucky. “I’ll tell you where to find a whole murder of Gods, demi and otherwise, every goddamn one of them,” Sweeney adds. They don’t end up in Kentucky, though, after Laura decides to embark on a detour to Indiana, seeing the third member has slept off in the back.

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Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, and Emily Browning as Laura Moon in a still from American Gods
Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Starz

Given that she seems to share Salim’s “f– those assholes” motto – she used to pray her family would disappear, and says she’s thankful that she won’t have to hear her mother say her name, or have to eat her cooking – it’s a bit strange that she still feels a need to see them. The detour raises even more questions when it fails to achieve anything, except another trip to Jack’s Crocodile Bar from the premiere, which is a good way of reusing a set that probably took a lot of money to construct.

It’s almost as if the writers needed to send the trio off for a literal detour, while they could arrange the other pieces on the board for this season’s home stretch. We’re only two episodes away from the finale, though the constant world-building showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green (along with the help of Gaiman himself) keep doing doesn’t make it look like they’re going to offer up many answers.

This episode introduced another new character, Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen), the ancient Roman god of fire, who has adapted himself with time. He’s also not the only one, with Wednesday revealing a little while earlier what the mad tree we’ve been seeing truly is. It’s another Old God who sold his forest for a new life as Mr. Wood, as he pulls out a horrifying creeper by placing one hand on Shadow’s wound, and another on his heart.

While Mr. Wood exists in the book, Gaiman personally wrote the character of Vulcan to define America’s obsession with guns. The trouble is that, given American Gods’ penchant for visual flair and panache, the way the montage of bullet production is framed, it’s hard to tell if the show is glorifying firearms, or intended to come off as a subtle satire of how strongly Americans take their gun laws.

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Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan in a still from American Gods
Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Starz

The town of Vulcan, Virginia – named after the God himself – is solely devoted to their manufacture, and it treats the death of a site supervisor, who falls into the molten lava, as an excuse to close the town, and dispel their guns in salute. There’s an obvious Nazi-feel in the manner of the red armbands worn by the citizens, and Wednesday lays out why that’s so: “There aren’t just two Americas. Everyone looks at Lady Liberty and sees a different face. Even if it crumbles under question,” to shots of people proudly bearing arms, even old women in wheelchairs.

Wednesday greets Vulcan as an old friend, and after the two reminiscence about old times, Vulcan takes them to his home. “The power of fire is firepower,” he says. “Not God. But god-like.” In mythology, he was described as the God of volcano, metalworking, and the forge. Since those crafts have faded over the ages, Vulcan has allowed himself to evolve into the manufacture of firearms, with bullets etched in his name.

Those bullets show up in the episode’s ‘Coming to America’ segment, as a group of American cowboys mow down Mexican immigrants who crossed the river into the US. The list of the fallen includes the Mexican Jesus – whose existence was hinted at by Wednesday in the third episode – as he tries to save a family by stepping in front of them. Jesus lands in the desert belly up in the crucifixion pose, and as a tumbleweed rolls across his face, it leaves behind a crown of thorns on his forehead.

Of course, he’s not the only God that gets murdered; the episode title is plural for a reason. Vulcan’s comments about Shadow’s lynching raises questions in the latter’s mind, wondering who told him about it. Wednesday says it didn’t occur to him, and when Shadows puts two and two together, the old man says he’s been thinking of a “personal f– you retort”.

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Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan, and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday in a still from American Gods
Photo Credit: Jan Thijs/Starz

Down in the forge, after Vulcan forges a new sword for Wednesday, he bites after Grimnir asks whether they’ve been sold out. While Wednesday declined Mr. World’s offer, it seems Vulcan readily accepted the brand makeover he was given. “They put power back in my hand,” he adds, “and I gotta tell ya, it feels good.”

Wednesday is aghast at him switching sides, joining with those he believes to be the oppressor. Thinking on his feet, he beheads Vulcan in a swift stroke with the new blade, and then pushes him into the open fire. He’s not done, though. As an on-the-edge-of-retching Shadow grabs the sword, Wednesday urinates on top of the burning corpse, and lays down a curse on the factory. It’s not exactly clear how that will affect the bullets, but it’ll hopefully play out soon enough.

The episode closed out with the other travelling trio, who make an early morning stop on the road for Salim. For a fantasy show that’s ultimately about a war between different Gods, it’s nice to see a gentle portrayal of cultures that tend to be severely stereotyped on American TV. After the Omani turns to Laura, and says: “Allahu Akbar. God is great,” the dead woman replies: “Life is great.” Salim smiles back at her, and concurs: “Life is great.”

The two have gone through very different experiences recently, but have come out with a better appreciation of the same thing. Both seek the men that mean everything to them, even as their reasons for doing so vary widely. Mad Sweeney may not share their enthusiasm, but that won’t stop them from smiling to themselves, and basking in the sun’s glow.

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Police launch Mapperley Park murder investigation

The scene this morning

The scene this morning

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a serious assault at an address in Mapperley Park in the early hours of this morning.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to the address in Woodborough Road just before 1am on Friday. The man was treated for his injuries at the scene but died shortly afterwards.
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Road closures and local diversions are currently in place in Woodborough Road as detectives from the East Midlands Serious Operations Unit work to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Nottingham City Transport buses Blue 40 and Sky Blue 45, 46 and 47 are all being diverted.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 31 of 14 April.

You can follow all the latest developments in our live blog, below.

Amy Breffitt, 22, said: “My partner went out to work and saw the tape, then I saw on the Post what had happened. I’m really shocked.

“It’s a quiet area around here. You hear of it in other places in Nottingham but it’s always been quiet here. It’s a busy road so you don’t get anything like this happening.”

This shows police at the (closed-off) junction of Querneby Avenue and Woodborough Road.

Terrance Cullen has lived on the street for more than 40 years and woke up to the police presence this morning

The 90-year-old said: “It’s terrible. It’s always been quiet and a nice place to live ever since I moved here.

“You see these things on the television but you don’t expect it to happen outside your own home.”

There are diversions on NCT  Blue 40 and Sky Blue 45, 46, 47. Here are all the diversion details.

  • Blue 40 towards City Hospital is following normal route to the top of The Wells Road then turning right Woodborough Road, left Woodthorpe Drive, left Mansfield Road, right at Sherwood Manor on to Edwards Lane to resume normal route
    • The following stops are not being served: Maurice Drive, Gordon Rise, Sherwood Vale, Cavendish Vale, Mansfield Street, Sherwood Shops
  • Blue 40 towards City is following normal route to the Sherwood Manor PH then turning left Mansfield Road, right Woodthorpe Drive, right Woodborough Road, left The Wells Road to resume normal route
    • The following stops are not being served: Sherwood Shops, Mansfield Street, Cavendish Vale, Sherwood Vale, Maurice Drive
  • Sky Blue 45, 46, 47 towards Mapperley are following normal route along Woodborough Road, but turning right Hungerhill Road (full length), right Ransom Road, left The Wells Road (to the top) then turning right Woodborough Road to resume normal route
    • The following stops are not being served: Hungerhill Road, Alexandra Court, Dagmar Grove, Malvern Road, Ransom Road Top, Private Road, Mapperley Rise
  • Sky Blue 45, 46, 47 towards City are following normal route along Woodborough Road as far as Aldi then turning left The Wells Road, right Ransom Road, left Hungerhill Road (full length), turning left on to Woodborough Road to resume normal route.
    • The following stops are not being served: Mapperley Rise, Private Road, Ransom Road Top, Malvern Road, Dagmar Grove, Alexandra Court

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13:23  We’re live at the scene right now

You can watch our live video here.

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13:22  Just to confirm, this is what’s closed

The purple sections below are all closed off.

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13:12  The other end of the cordon

This latest photo shows the cordon at the junction of Woodborough Road and The Wells Road.

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13:09  News is ‘shocking’ says business owner
Residents from inside the cordon are being let out if they need to be.

Farahd Gazeran, who has run AFD of Mapperley used cars for the last 23 years, said: “I got here at 7.20am and there was a policewoman putting up some tape, but they wouldn’t tell me what’s going on. I am guessing I am going to have to close today – at least for a while.

“There are sometimes crashes on this road but this is more serious. It’s shocking.”

Woodborough Road is closed from its junction with Mission Street to the junction with The Wells Road.

The junction between Morley Avenue and Mapperley Rise is also closed.

And there’s no access to Woodborough Road from Querneby Avenue.

There are diversions on NCT services Blue 40 and Sky Blue 45, 46, 47 because of  the incident.

  • Blue 40 towards City Hospital is following normal route to the top of The Wells Road then turning right Woodborough Road, left Woodthorpe Drive, left Mansfield Road, right at Sherwood Manor on to Edwards Lane to resume normal route
  • Blue 40 towards City is following normal route to the Sherwood Manor PH then turning left Mansfield Road, right Woodthorpe Drive, right Woodborough Road, left The Wells Road to resume normal route
  • Sky Blue 45, 46, 47 towards Mapperley are following normal route along Woodborough Road, but turning right Hungerhill Road (full length), right Ransom Road, left The Wells Road (to the top) then turning right Woodborough Road to resume normal route
  • Sky Blue 45, 46, 47 towards City are following normal route along Woodborough Road as far as Aldi then turning left The Wells Road, right Ransom Road, left Hungerhill Road (full length), turning left on to Woodborough Road to resume normal route.

Delays on these services are expected.

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Police launch murder investigation after death of Paul McCready

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of 31 year old Paul McCready in Belfast city centre.

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of 31 year old Paul McCready in Belfast city centre.

Police have named the murder victim who died after an altercation in Belfast city centre as 31-year-old Paul McCready.

Mr McCready from north Belfast was injured in the incident near the Northern Whig bar in the Donegall Street area at around 12.50am on Sunday.

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Police officers at the scene of a murder in Belfast City Centre following an altercation close to the Northern Whig on April 2nd 2017 (Photo - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police officers at the scene of a murder in Belfast City Centre following an altercation close to the Northern Whig on April 2nd 2017 (Photo – Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A 30-year-old man who was arrested at the scene remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce is continuing to appeal for witnesses.

“We know that a large number of people were in the vicinity of the Donegall Street/Waring Street junction at around the time the altercation took place,” he said.

“I would appeal to those people who have not yet gotten in touch with the investigation team to please do so. We are keen to gather as much information as possible about the circumstances and events that occurred here early this morning.”

Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast Caral Ni Chuilin passed on her condolences to the family.

“The death of a 31-year-old man following an altercation close to Donegall Street in Belfast city centre has shocked local people,” she said.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of this man at this time.

“I would appeal for anyone with information on this incident to come forward and contact the police.”

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