The conductor Ashok Kumar, who was blamed for the murder initially and who is now out on bail, alleged he was tortured to extract a false confession.
Five months after the Ryan International murder case in Gurugram, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet in court, which reveals just how the case was bungled. Multiple witnesses have alleged coercion and even forensic evidence was ound to contradict police claims. The conductor Ashok Kumar, who was blamed for the murder initially and who is now out on bail, alleged he was tortured to extract a false confession. After the murder, police had conducted a post-mortem, which revealed that the boy suffered shock and massive haemorrhage following a sharp weapon injury. The murder weapon was recovered from the crime scene and according to Gurugram Police, it belonged to the conductor. The police had also claimed that the conductor had confessed to taking the knife inside the school to clean it. Later, it was also reported that Kumar had gone to the boy’s toilet to sexually assault Pradyuman and in the process killed him to hide his guilt. Police then sought to claim credit by saying that the killer was behind bars and the case was solved. However, CBI took over the case on September 22, and the subsequent investigation revealed that the entire story was fabricated by cops.
The bus conductor was later released on bail and he revealed his confession was obtained through torture. The bus driver Saurabh Raghav had also confirmed that there was no knife in the tool box. Another driver confirmed that the conductor had no blood stains on his shirt, which the teachers also revealed. Kumar had explained all of this to the CBI during questioning on September 23-24 and the report by Regional Forensic Science Laboratory also established that no semen was found on the child’s clothes. The fingerprints found at the crime scene also did not match the conductor’s.
When the conductor was released, CBI arrested a juvenile for the crime. The child then revealed that he had bought the knife from Sohna market and researched on how to remove fingerprints. The juvenile later confessed that he carried out the heinous crime to postpone exams, something which he had done before by mixing unknown substance in his own bottle and falling sick. Several boys in the school confirmed that the boy had tried several times before to poison other kids and had once requested one of his friends to bring a knife in the school so that he could kill someone. The CBI has tried in their chargesheet to press charges against the juvenile as an adult and also hoped that charges will be filed against school authorities for their negligence.