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A day before Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a CBI probe into the murder of a Class 2 student here, Haryana cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh told the family not to demand a CBI 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.
"CBI 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. Haryana Police is a better agency than CBI and it will deliver its report within a stipulated time," Barun Thakur quoted the minister as saying.
"When we said that we want the CBI to investigate the case, the minister argued: 'What will happen if the CBI 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."
The investigation into Pradhuman Thakur's gory killing took a dramatic twist on November 8 when the CBI arrested the Class 11 student, also of Ryan International School, and charged him with murdering the young boy in the school washroom.
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