Ryan International School murder: Top school officials arrested
Gurugram: Two top officials of the Ryan International School have been arrested while the acting principal detained for questioning in connection with the gruesome murder of a seven-year-old in school premises, the police said on Monday.
Fourteen police teams constituted to probe the case, which has sparked huge public outrage, are questioning the school staff while an SIT team is headed to Mumbai to interrogate school CEO Ryan Pinto and director Albert Pinto. Gurgaon Police chief Sandeep Khairwar told PTI that the school’s legal head, Franchis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas were arrested on Sunday night following interrogation.
Acting principal Neerja Batra has been detained and is being questioned. She is likely to be arrested soon, Khairwar said. Class 2 student Praduman Thakur was found with his throat slit in a school washroom on Friday last.The murder, in connection with which a bus conductor has been arrested, has triggered a major outrage.
Taking action on the report of the three-member Special Investigative Team (SIT) indicating lapses in security at Ryan International School, Gurgaon Police arrested two top officials of the school under section 75 of the Juvenile Justice act. The district administration also asked the school to ensure safety in its premises and gave 15 days’ time to reply to a show cause notice.
All Ryan group of schools in Gurgaon have been ordered to remain shut Monday and Tuesday on the directions of the district administration. Security has been stepped up at the school. Hundreds of parents had yesterday staged a protest outside the Ryan International School in Gurugram demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of the 7-year-old student.
The state government has directed the Gurgaon Police to book the owner of Ryan International Albert Pinto under the Juvenile Justice (care and punishment act) Act. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has asserted that there will be no leniency and the school management will be held accountable.
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