Ryan School Trustees' get interim protection from Bombay High Court

Kristopher Drake
September 13, 2017

They are verifying documents and questioning staff, said an official.

Hundreds of angry parents staged a protest outside the school for a CBI probe into the murder of a seven-year-old school boy.

This is crucial in the context of the recent incident in Ryan School, where it is alleged that the credentials of the accused bus conductor were not verified by the school authorities.

Father of class 2 student Pradyuman Thakur, who was found with his throat slit in the school washroom on Friday, moved the apex court on Monday to seek justice for his son. Meanwhile, the School Co-founder even approached the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sohna Road, Birem Singh on Tuesday confirmed that the bus-conductor, Ashok, is the only one involved in the murder of the seven-year-old student at Ryan International School.

The regional head Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas were arrested by Gurugram Police on Sunday night.

The process of filing was completed this evening, and his plea is likely to be heard tomorrow, Pradhan said.

From constituting special counselling teams to address issues related to child abuse to teaching children about "bad and good touch", and encouraging them to speak up if anything untoward happens to them - schools need to step up and take action.

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.

Police are also trying to question the school's principal, Neerja Batra, whose questioning was postponed after she claimed to have fallen ill.

He further assured that he will try his best to file the charge sheet in the court by Saturday, in regard to the matter.

As per the report highlighted by the investigative team, it highlighted that the CCTV cameras of the school were not working properly and were not installed everywhere.

The Ryan International School management informed parents that it is to remain closed for two days "to express our solidarity with the parents and family of the child" although reports suggest that the closing of the school is due to violent protests by parents and locals.

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. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar called up the boy's father on Monday and also got Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to have a word with him.

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