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The schoolboy murder case was handed over to the CBI before the SIT could finish its probe, the Gurgaon Police said today amid allegations by the victim's family that it botched up the investigation. The statement comes after the central probe agency apprehended a Class 11 student in connection with the killing and said that it did not find any evidence against bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was the Gurgaon Police's sole accused in the case. Yesterday, the family of deceased Pradhuman, a Class 2 student of the Ryan International School who was killed inside the school's premises, had accused the police of botching up the investigation and said the CBI meticulously collected circumstantial evidences and facts. "Our probe by the SIT (Special Investigation Team) headed by DCP Ashok Bakshi was underway and had not concluded before the CBI took over the charge of investigating the case. "We had arrested Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor on the basis of prior factual evidence," Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said at a press meet here. He said, "We were investigating the case closely on all angles, but the CBI took the charge before we ended our investigation and submit the final charge sheet.
I admit there were some loopholes in the SIT probe. Ashok had made a confession to his involvement, but our investigation was on," Khirwar said. The family had also alleged a larger conspiracy behind the murder and said that they want the CBI to file a charge sheet soon. They had also expressed suspicion about the involvement of school authorities in "destruction of evidence" and sought that top official's of the institute be questioned by the CBI in the matter.
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