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Khattar announces CBI probe into Pradhuman's murder

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Carol Daniels | 16 September, 2017, 01:11

The claims and counter claims by school authorities and support staff members along with allegations of an attempted cover up that were leveled by Pradyuman's family members had raised serious concerns over the fairness of the probe in the sensational murder case.

"State government will look after the management of the school for three months", he told reporters here.

"Although, the Haryana Police is doing a good job of investigating the case, we have chose to hand over probe to the CBI", Khattar said.

Pradyuman's parents Varun and Jyoti Thakur - had sought a CBI probe into the matter.

"I would appeal to the CBI to complete the investigation as soon as possible and bring the culprits to book", he added. They also accused the school management of negligence.

"The Haryana government made a decision to take over the management of the school after the fact-finding sub-committee in its reports found various irregularities with regard student security inside the school premises", Vinay Singh said.

He met the father and mother of the deceased and assured them of justice.

The management of the school has also been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the murder.

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Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in the washroom of the school last Friday. Police have arrested Ashok Kumar, a conductor of one of the school's buses, as the prime suspect in the case.

Reiterating this point during a press conference in Chandigarh, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said, "At the end of the three months, the situation will be reviewed".

Three trustees of Ryan International School group filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Bombay High Court, which the court has dismissed.

He said the safety measures included safe transportation of children with female escort and maintenance of entry and exit records of all visitors to schools.

A report by a Special Investigation Tribunal had stated that the CCTV cameras of the school were not working properly and were not installed everywhere.

Proper steps would be initiated to prevent children from getting drowned, suffering electric shock or fire or any other injury, he said. He added that he had directed the CBI to probe the alleged murder, which took place near the school toilet.

The complaints should be disposed of in a time-bound manner and prompt action be taken against wrong doers, Khandelwal said.

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