Ryan International School's CEO moves High Court for pre-arrest bail

Protesters set ablaze a liquor shop close to the Ryan International School in Gurugram on Sunday. Tight security arrangements outside the school in view of protests on Sunday

Ryan International Group's Northern Zone Regional Head, Francis Thomas, and the Human resources (HR) Head, Bhondsi branch, Jeyus Thomas have also been arrested. The accused was arrested hours after the gruesome murder and has been remanded in police custody for three days by the Gurgaon Civil Court.

The bail pleas were filed following the arrest of two top officials of the Ryan International School. Sources said that the SIT has found that most CCTV cameras in the school were not functional and that despite its high fee, the school had not constructed separate toilet facilities for students and support staff like drivers, conductors, peons, etc. We are not satisfied with police theory of the entire matter so we need a CBI probe.

The plea was filed by victim's father Varun Thakur demanding a parallel CBI enquiry as the school has severe administrative loopholes. He further added that the family would move the Supreme Court on Monday.

One after another, many shocking details of carelessness and apathy is coming out of the Gurugram school where the cold-blooded murder of 7-year-old Pradyuman has shaken the core of every parent whose child is going to a school.

During the entire fiasco, the school in question have not taken responsibility for the crime and at many incidences even tried to cover up the evidence. His throat was nearly completely slit. I think the investigation is being influenced by someone who does not want the truth to come out. It was a well-planned murder. Why did he take a knife with him only on that day?

Gurugram Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khirwar said that section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act has been invoked in the murder case and that anyone found guilty will be booked under relevant sections.

At least 50 people, including nine scribes and photo journalists, were injured when police baton-charged a group of people protesting the brutal murder of Pradhuman Thakur and demanded action against the school management. They do not allow non-teaching staff to walk unsupervised in the teaching area where students take classes.

Meanwhile, the school authorities, represented by Acting Principal Neerja Batra, while condemning the incident, assured that security measures will be reviewed immediately and all necessary improvements would be made. "I have lost my son, but I do not want history to repeat", he said. Sloppiness on the government's part, irresponsible conduct by schools who do not report such offenders - all this only emboldens the criminals who freely commit crime, in case they are caught and removed, they move on to find their next victim. The Police arrested the accused Conductor (Ashok) in the night.

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