Gurugram: The accused of the Pradyuman Thakur murder case confessed his crime in front of his father, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a juvenile court.
Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit on September 8. The cold-blooded murder case of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension on Wednesday after the CBI trashed the probe by the Gurugram Police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case, and arrested a juvenile.
The CBI then produced the accused juvenile, a class 11 student of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, before the Juvenile Justice Board and demanded his six-day custody.
It 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.”
The probe agency also told the juvenile court that the juvenile’s father was informed about his son’s arrest. The accused was also medically examined on November 8 at 0330 hours at the Safdarjung Hospital.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family has demanded that the juvenile student be tried as an adult and accordingly, be given a harsh punishment. “The age of the arrested student falls in the category of 16 to 18. Therefore, there is an option with the board to try him as an adult. We demand a strict punishment for him, and we’ll ensure he is tried as an adult and is hanged till death,” Sushil Tekriwal, the advocate of Pradyuman’s family, said on Wednesday during a press conference here.
Varun Thakur, father of Pradyuman Thakur, said, “We request the CBI for further investigation and frame charges against everyone involved so that a strong message is conveyed and a criminal thinks twice before committing such a crime.”
Earlier in the day, Pradyuman’s mother also expressed agreement with the arrest, reasoning that the investigative agency must have found proof to apprehend the concerned student.