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Ryan School murder fallout: UP government orders monthly security audit, police verification of staff

Pradyuman, a class 2 student of Ryan International School in Gurugram, was found with his throat slit in a school washroom at around 8:30am on September 8.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Lucknow [ Published on: September 12, 2017 20:01 IST ]
File - Tight security arrangements outside the Ryan
File - Tight security arrangements outside the Ryan International School

The gruesome killing of seven-year-old Pradyuman inside a toilet of Ryan International School in Gurugram has shaken the entire nation. Following the incident, all schools across the nation have tightened their security. 

In Uttar Pradesh, the government has issued guidelines to be followed by the schools to ensure the safety of kids. The guidelines include monthly security audit of all schools and police verification of their staff among other measures.

DGP Sulkhan Singh issued a directive to all the district police chiefs which stated that concerned circle officers and beat personnel should do monthly security audit of schools in their area and prepare its report. Singh also said that police should coordinate with schools and district magistrates and ensure security there. 

The DGP's directive spelt out measures like police verification of school staff, van drivers/conductors, checking unauthorised entry in schools and deployment of security at entry and exit gates. 

Other measures include maintenance of a visitor register, installation of CCTVs, ban on fire arms and sharp edged weapons in the school premises, security at washrooms and separate washrooms for students, teachers and employees. 

The DGP also said that identity cards should be issued to the entire staff; if any worker is called in they should also be given temporary ID cards. 

The education department has already issued a circular for police verification of staff in Lucknow schools, bus drivers, and conductors. The department has also banned use of smartphones by drivers and conductors in the capital's schools. 

Schools have been asked to ensure that sharp items do not make their way into school transport, District Inspector of Schools (DIOS), Mukesh Kumar said. 

The DIOS said that the use of smartphones by drivers and conductors of school vehicles has been banned as many times they are used to show objectionable content to children. 

"We have also asked schools to ensure that sharp edged items are not there is school vehicles. This will be ensured by checking both by schools and the department," he said. 

The education department has also appealed to the parents to be cautious while hiring private vans for their wards.

Pradyuman, a class 2 student of Ryan International School in Gurugram, was found with his throat slit in a school washroom at around 8:30am on September 8. The incident had taken places just 10 minutes after his father Varun had dropped him at the school. 

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