The family of bus conductor Ashok Kumar wants action against the cops who allegedly "tortured and drugged" him to force him to confess to the murder of a 7-year-old student of Gurugram's Ryan International School, according to reports.
"Now it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime," Ashok's father Amirchand was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Agencies reported that a four-member Central Bureau of Investigation team on Thursday visited the school with the 16-year-old student now accused of killing a Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur to reconstruct the sequence of events. Thakur was found lying in a pool of blood on 8 September in one of the school's bathrooms, with his throat slit, a murder that shook the nation and raised several questions about security in posh private schools.
The officials took the accused to the Sohna Market where he is said to have purchased the knife used in the murder, IANS reported. The Class 11 student allegedly committed the horrific crime to postpone an upcoming examination and a parent-teachers' meeting. The CBI initially arrested Ashok Kumar, even though his family maintained that the school bus conductor was being framed.
The accused student, who is the son of an advocate, informed his interrogators in his six hours questioning that minutes after killing Pradhuman, he had informed a gardener and a teacher, saying "a boy was lying injured in the toilet of the school premises". The arrested student has been handed over to the CBI by a juvenile court for questioning.
The CBI has questioned 125 people, including students of classes 10, 11 and 12, in this connection and has asked for their blood samples.