GURUGRAM: Ryan International School’s management today suspended the school principal after intense protests by parents following the gruesome murder yesterday of a seven-year-old student.
Hundreds of parents and locals gathered outside the private school to protest against the school management.
The community is still in shock, a day after the seven-year-old boy’s body was found in a pool of blood in a washroom of the school. One Ashok Kumar is the alleged perpetrator. He works as a bus conductor at the school and allegedly tried to sexually abuse the victim, police said, adding that they cracked the case+ hours after the gruesome murder.
A police team, including forensic experts collected blood samples and fingerprints from the washroom and tested the blood stained knife that had been recovered from the spot.
The body of the seven-year-old has been sent for a postmortem, the police said. The accused was today sent to police custody for three days.
Sumit Kuhar, DCP Crime, Gurgaon, said the alleged killer had tried to sodomise the Class 2 student.
“But when the student resisted and cried, he killed him and fled after leaving the knife behind,” the DCP said.
The police told PTI they zeroed in on the accused after two students reported they saw him walking down a corridor.
Ashok Kumar confessed to the crime after being grilled by a team, the police said. The alleged perpetrator told police he managed to carry a knife into the school because he knew he would not be frisked by guards who recognised him. He then went to the washroom and waited there, intending to sexually assault any student who walked in.
“As soon as the boy entered the toilet, Kumar held him. But the boy resisted his attempts with full force and when the accused failed to sodomise him, he slit his throat and right ear,” a senior police officer told PTI.
The police claimed Ashok Kumar later washed his hands and walked out of the washroom, leaving the knife behind.
Police said some students found the boy in the washroom in the school building around 8.30 am. “The students alerted the teachers and the school management then informed the police, who rushed him to Artemis Hospital. He was declared brought dead by doctors,” Ravinder Kumar, PRO Gurgaon Police, said.
At that point, the alleged perpetrator tried to assist the teachers when the boy was being taken to the hospital.
“Ashok Kumar carried the boy with the others and took him to the car,” the officer said.
The boy’s father, Varun Thakur, who works as a quality manager with a private firm in Gurgaon, accused the school administration of negligence and said he was not told how critical his child was.
“They told me his health had deteriorated suddenly. They did not take care of my son. He could have been saved if he had been taken to a hospital in time,” said Thakur, who dropped his son and daughter to school in the morning.
“I dropped him today at around 7.30 a.m. He was happy,” the grieving father said.
School head Neerja Batra said she had come out of the morning assembly prayers when she saw a teacher running, followed by two more teachers.
“The child was in a pool of blood. We did not wait for a second and put the child in my vehicle and I sent them to the hospital,” she said.
The school said in a statement it was “deeply saddened by the tragic incident”.
“He had suffered critical injuries and was immediately rushed to the hospital by the school head. Despite all attempts, unfortunately his life couldn’t be Saved,” said the school.
The brutal murder in the upmarket Gurgaon school evoked widespread horror, prompting the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to visit the school and the hospital where the child was taken.
The apex body for child rights recommended that a case of negligence be registered against the management of the school.
“We have told the police that a case of negligence be registered against the school management as we have found that the school did not undertake police verification of teaching and non-teaching staff,” said Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education, NCPCR.
This Khattar govt is panauti. Every week they are bringing bad omen to the state.
In 2016, the body of a six-year-old student of the school’s Vasant Kunj branch in south Delhi was found in a water tank. The principal and a teacher were booked for negligence in May this year.