Pradyuman Murder: Class 11 Student Detained By CBI, Say Sources

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday detained a Class XI student of Gurgaon, Haryana’s Ryan International School in connection with the gruesome murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. The detention, which has been made under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (punishment for murder) and Section 25 of the Arms Act, comes as a major twist in the Pradyuman Thakur murder case.

Sources say a Class 11 student is being suspected in the murder of Pradyuman Thakur, who was found with his throat slit on September 8. The student was detained last evening and will be produced before the juvenile board.

The student’s father denied the charge. “They (CBI) arrested my son last night. My son has been forced to confess to murder. He has not committed the crime, he was the one who informed the gardener and teachers,” he told news agency ANI.

The student was the first to spot Prayuman’s body. Sources say he is seen entering the washroom with the child. A schoolbus conductor had earlier been arrested and accused of the killing that shocked the nation and triggered severe safety measures in schools. The police had even extracted a confession from Ashok Kumar and said that the boy had been killed for resisting sexual assault.

On security footage, Pradyuman, a student of Class 2, was seen crawling out of the bathroom after his throat had been slit. He collapsed next to a wall, his blood pooling around him. His body was discovered around 8 am, not long after his father dropped him off.

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