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Haryana minister told us not to demand CBI probe: Pradhuman's father

IANS  |  Gurugram 

A day before Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a probe into the of a Class 2 student here, cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh told the family not to demand a probe, the boy's father said on Tuesday.

On September 14, Narbir Singh visited the house of seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur, who was murdered in the Ryan International School on September 8, and spoke strongly against a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), father Barun Chandra Thakur said.

The father told IANS here that the PWD, Forest and Civil Aviation Minister reached their house in Maruti Kunj on Sohna Road and told him not to demand an investigation by the into the

"is just a big name and nothing more. The agency already has lots of workload and it will not be able to probe the case even in a year or more. Police is a better agency than and it will deliver its report within a stipulated time," Barun Thakur quoted the minister as saying.

"When we said that we want the to investigate the case, the minister argued: 'What will happen if the too comes up with the fact that the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar killed the child after failing to sodomise him'," Thakur said.

Thakur said the minister was accompanied by a man not known to him.

"Prior to that, the minister was present during the cremation of Pradhuman on September 9 and he again visited us on September 10 to pay his condolences but could not meet me," he added.

The minister was not available for his comments on Thakur's claim despite several efforts by IANS to reach him. His personnel secretary Laxinarayan told IANS: "The minister is in Chandigarh. It is not possible to have a word with him."

BJP leaders in are a divided lot after the declared that the murderer of the Class 2 student was a senior schoolmate and not the bus conductor as alleged by Police.

The investigation into Pradhuman Thakur's gory killing took a dramatic twist on November 8 when the arrested the Class 11 student, also of Ryan International School, and charged him with murdering the young boy in the school washroom.

Narbir Singh came in support of the Police and called the arrest of the Ryan student by the "unjustified".

"I am not able to digest the outcome of the investigation carried out by the The Police probe was more acceptable," the BJP MLA from Badhshahpur constituency of Gurugram had said.

But Rao Inderjit Singh, a central government minister and an MP from Gurugram, Health Minister Anil Vij and BJP MLA from Gurugram Umesh Aggarwal backed the

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 15:24 IST
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