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Pradyuman murder accused confessed crime in presence of his father: CBI tells court

The accused of the Pradyuman Thakur murder case confessed his crime in front of his father, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a juvenile court.

Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit on September 8.

The cold-blooded murder case of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension on Wednesday after the CBI trashed the probe by the Gurugram Police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case, and arrested a juvenile.

The CBI then produced the accused juvenile, a class 11 student of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, before the Juvenile Justice Board and demanded his six-day custody.

The juvenile court, however, granted only three-day custody with a rider that the accused can only be questioned from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. only.

ANI accessed the CBI remand copy, which it submitted before the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday.

It says, “On the basis of minute inspection of crime, analysis of the CCTV footage and movements of the students near the scene of crime, and questioning of students, teachers and other staff of the school on November 7, 2017, the CBI has identified and apprehended juvenile in conflict with law at 2330 hours. He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of Master Pradyuman Thakur on 08.09.2017 in ground floor boy’s washroom of Ryan International School, Gurugram in presence of his father, independent witnesses, welfare officer of the CBI.”

The probe agency also told the juvenile court that the juvenile’s father was informed about his son’s arrest. The accused was also medically examined on November 8 at 0330 hours at the Safdarjung Hospital.

India’s premiere probe agency has said the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams.

The CBI was handed over the case on September 22.

Meanwhile, Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar on Thursday defended their investigation by saying that they handed over the case to the CBI at a very initial stage and it was not concluded that time.

The police commissioner said that they were not under pressure to save the culprit and asserted they made an “honest attempt to bring justice to the family”.

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