Vinod Chand Thakur didn’t have a clue that he would be seeing Pradyuman for the last time. He didn’t have a clue that this would be the last time he will be packing his 7-year-old son bag for the last time. He didn’t knew that he will be dropping his son for the last time outside the gates of Ryan International School. Fifteen minutes passed, he received a frantic call from his wife, and half an hour later, Vinod saw his son’s body at Artemis hospital.
“They cut my poor boy. The doctors told me the killer stabbed him twice. There was a big scar starting from his ear to the throat. His ear had been cut, and two flaps of skin exposed the insides of his throat. I never thought I would see my son in such a condition,” Vinod said as he broke into a loud wail, which he muffled.
The police, who said they had detained ten people, said that they zeroed in on the accused after two students saw him walking down a corridor.
Soon the boy entered the toilet, Kumar held him. But the boy resisted the attempts. Upon failing the sexual assault bid, he slit his throat and cut his right ear,” a senior police officer said.
The police also revealed that to look innocent and divert his hand in the murder, the accused walked out of the washroom, leaving the knife behind, and later joined the teachers in taking the boy to the school.
The police, in their investigation, had detained and questioned 10 people, including a gardener, conductors and drivers.
“We have been investigating their role since the morning,” the DCP said.
“The child was in a pool of blood. We did not wait for a second and put the child in my vehicle and I sent them to the hospital,” said school head Neerja Batra who saw said that she comes out of the morning assembly prayers after seeing teacher running, followed by two more teachers.
The school said in a statement it was “deeply saddened by the tragic incident”.
In 2016, the body of a six-year-old student of the school’s Vasant Kunj branch in south Delhi was found in a water tank. The principal and a teacher were booked for negligence in May this year.
The apex body for child rights recommended that a case of negligence be registered against the management of the school.
“We have told the police that a case of negligence be registered against the school management as we have found that the school did not undertake police verification of teaching and non-teaching staff,” said Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education, NCPCR
A police team, including forensic experts, had earlier collected blood samples and fingerprints from the washroom and tested the blood stained knife that had been recovered from the spot.