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Murdered Ryan school kid ‘was not sexually assaulted’

GURUGRAM

The post-mortem report of seven-year-old Pradhuman found murdered at a Gurugram school has ruled out sexual assault even as the parent of another schoolchild claimed the crime scene was tampered with even though he had cautioned otherwise.

“There were no physical injury marks on the body. Body samples were sent for forensic analysis, which established that he was not sexually assaulted,” senior forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the autopsy, said.

Pradhuman was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International School in Bhondsi area on Sohna Road on September 8. His father has since moved the Supreme Court for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the case.

Subhash Garg, father of another school student, said he was present on the campus when the body was found. Garg said he rushed along with others to the crime spot after hearing the screams of the staff and students. He said accused bus conductor Ashok Kumar, 42, carried the child to a vehicle to be shifted to a private hospital.

“There was blood in the toilet and nearby corridor. Blood stains were also visible on walls of the toilet and the corridor,” Garg said.

“Two private security guards were deployed near the corridor. I asked the school staff not to clean the blood till police arrived there, but the school sweeper wiped clean the corridor nevertheless,” he claimed.

“The accused also washed his blood-stained clothes, ignoring my warning not to do so,” Garg added. Bus driver Saurabh Raghav said the knife used in the killing was not kept in the bus tool box, as claimed by accused conductor Ashok Kumar, adding that police pressurised him also to admit to being an accomplice in the crime.

Meanwhile, in a temporary relief, the Bombay High Court adjourned till Wednesday the hearing of an anticipatory transit bail application filed by the trustees of Ryan International Schools over te death of the student, says a Mumbai report. The trustees – Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace Pinto and their son Ryan Pinto – had on Monday filed the application seeking anticipatory transit bail to move an appropriate judicial authority in Haryana.

Indo-Asian News Service