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Innocent conductor to sue Gurugram police
by RESMI SIVARAM November 11, 2017
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NEW DELHI: A bus conductor who suffered at the hands of Gurugram police after being falsely accused of murdering a Ryan International School student will file a case against his police tormentors.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had arrested a Class 11 student as accused in the case on Monday, had let off conductor Ashok Kumar who was earlier arrested by Gurugram police over the murder of 7-year-old Pradyuman.

The CBI claims the senior student has confessed to the killing. His motive was to get school exams and a PTA meeting postponed, they argue.

The accused was being interrogated as the CBI sleuths tried to reconstruct the crime.

The CBI says police in Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR) had planted the murder weapon on Kumar as they accused him of having murdered the child after failing in his attempt to sexually abuse him. Police had declared the case solved within hours after the murder on Sept.8.

The CBI says the knife used in the murder was purchased by the accused from a local shop and taken into the school. This is the only knife which was recovered and so the claim of Gurgaon police that Kumar brought it inside the school and used it to kill the boy has no basis, CBI sources say.

Kumar’s lawyer said on Friday that the conductor was made a scapegoat in the case to protect the real culprit. He said a case will be filed against the police as well as the school.

Kumar was drugged and tortured to confess to the crime before the media, the lawyer pointed out.

The CBI has denied any proof of sexual assault on the boy. Neither was there any evidence against Kumar.

Gurugram police, however, insist they had no reason to suspect the teenager whom CBI has arrested now. Kumar became a suspect as two students claimed they spotted him loitering near the washroom before the body was found. Eventually, police zeroed in on Kumar and produced CCTV footage as evidence of his involvement. Sources said the special investigation team probing the case was still collecting evidence against Kumar and recording statements of students, teachers and staff.

Sources said the accused 16-year-old confessed to the crime in front of his father. On Thursday he was taken to the shop which sold him the knife.

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