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Two days after a seven-year-old boy was found murdered with his throat slit at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon, the father of the victim, Varun Thakur demanded a parallel CBI enquiry as the school has severe administrative loopholes, adding that the family would move the Supreme Court on Monday.
"It's been two days that my son is dead and we all miss him a lot. My only wish is that the truth should come out and justice given to my wife and me. There is something which the local police are missing and so the case should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). I am not happy with the police investigation, and I want a detailed investigation as there is something which is missing in the probe. There are a lot of loopholes which need to be investigated and the CBI can do in-depth investigation which will clear the motive of the murder."
"The murder took place within 10 minutes, which means the conductor was already prepared to kill my son. As soon as the kid entered the toilet, the accused attacked him. Also, why did no one listen to my child when his throat was slit? Did they ignore deliberately? I think the investigation is being influenced by someone who does not want the truth to come out. No culprit must be spared. Even if one of them is let loose, it'll boost morale of people like them," he added.
Demanding Section 304 of the IPC slapped against school management, the weeping father said that the school should own up the blunder and take measures to ensure the safety of the children.
"If the conductor has no criminal history then how did he plan the murder? What instigated him to kill my son? Why did he take a knife with him only on that day? The police have added Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act against school management, but I demand that the police should also add Section 304 (death by negligence)?of the IPC. Also, no one from the school management has met us or spoken to us so far. Soon after the incident, the school is not coming forward to accept negligence on their part. They should accept their mistake and speak up. They should own up the blunder and take measures to ensure safety and security of other students. I have lost my son, but I do not want the history to repeat," he said.
Meanwhile, Sushil Tekriwal, a relative and an advocate in Supreme Court, stated, "No one from the school management has met the victim's family so far. As the father has said that there are a lot of loopholes which need to be investigated; I totally agree with him. We are also going to the Supreme Court today and will file our petition."
Yesterday, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), in its crucial findings in the case, pointed out serious security lapses in the school.
The SIT averred that the school did not have any separate toilets for staff like drivers and conductors, while adding that the administration even did not get their employees identification verified.
The report by the investigative team also highlighted that, the CCTV cameras of the school weren't working properly and were not installed everywhere. Also, the fire extinguishers were expired. It was also revealed that the school establishment had broken boundary walls.
The report further said that there were no separate toilets for conductors and drivers and the wall behind the school remained unfinished which easily allowed anyone to enter the school premises without permission.
The report also added that a proper police verification of employees working at Ryan International School was not done by the school authorities.
On Sunday morning, hundreds of people, including parents and locals, held huge protests demanding that the police must take action against the school.
Media personnel were also injured during the lathi-charge and their vehicle was also damaged.
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