Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Pradyuman Murder Case: Gurugram Police 'planted' knife on bus conductor, says CBI

Pradyuman Murder Case: Gurugram Police 'planted' knife on bus conductor, says CBI

The juvenile suspect has reportedly said that he was beaten up and forced to confess - an allegation that a former suspect, a school bus conductor at the school, had leveled against the Gurgaon police. "But even then the investigating agency will have to prove the case against the accused beyond doubt", said Karan Singh, a lawyer. CBI had also obtained the knife which was used as the sole weapon in the murder, the officials also reconstructed the crime scene by taking the class 11 student back to the crime spot and the shop from where he brought the knife.

The investigators had accused that the juvenile had committed the crime to postpone the examinations and the parent-teacher meeting that was set to happen soon in the school.

According to a report in The Times of India, the minor accused is said to have told members of the juvenile justice board that he used to go to piano classes with Pradyuman in the Bhondsi school and on the fateful morning of September 8, he had "easily coaxed" him to go to the school's washroom with him, where he slit his throat and killed him.

The SIT team of the Gurugram Police were the first ones to investigate Pradyuman's killing and had on the day of the incident arrested the school bus conductor nearly asserting him as the main culprit.

In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradyuman Thakur, rejecting the Gurugram police's theory that the killing was the handiwork of Ashok Kumar. A class 11 student was arrested by CBI in the case and was declared as the main culprit after he admitted to the crime in front of his father and other witnesses.

The father of the accused had reportedly alleged that the CBI was torturing his son - a claim strongly refuted by the investigating agency.

Not just the police, the CBI is also believed to be probing if there was any political pressure on the police to let off the accused. The boy, however, recanted and claimed innocence.

Earlier, the minor's father too alleged that his son was being tortured by the investigators.

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