The Gurugram Police on Friday evening arrested a bus conductor of Ryan International School for the murder of a seven-year-old student, identified as Pradhuman.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Simardeep Singh, who is also officiating Commissioner of Police in Gurugram, disclosed that Ashok Kumar, bus conductor of Ryan International School, has been arrested.
"Kumar, the son of Amichand, resident of village Ghamroj has been arrested in the Bhondsi murder case of a seven-year-old child," the DCP said in a statement.
Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, was found dead by a school staff in the washroom with his throat slit. A knife, presumably the murder weapon, was found near the body. Pradhuman's sister is a student of Class 5 in the same school, located on Sohna Road.
Though DCP Singh didn't disclose the motive behind the killing, it is being said that Kumar killed the child after failing to sexually assault him. Singh didn't respond to a question on what action has been taken against the school management.
According to reports, the boy reached the school at atound 8.15am. The watchman of the school was the first to see the blood-drenched body of the boy in the toilet at around 9.15am after which the police was informed at around 9.30am and the body was taken to a nearby hospital where the boy was declared brought dead.
The victim's father wondered on what ground parents can leave their kids for eight hours in schools when there is no guarantee for safety.
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The boy's family resides in Maruti Kunj Society in the same area. Pradhuman's father is a senior executive with an export house in the Kherki Daula police station area.
Angry over the killing, a mob partially vandalised the school office and shouted slogans against its management, following which heavy police force was deployed at the campus.
Earlier, seven persons were detained for questioning, including Class IV staff like the sweeper, gardener, bus driver and conductor.
As per the post-mortem report, the deceased had two cuts on his neck. His throat was almost completely slit.
"Haemorrhage and excessive blood loss caused the death," forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem, said.