- Senior student detained for allegedly killing Gurgaon boy Pradyuman
- Class 11 student allegedly wanted to delay exams
- Haryana Police messed up investigation, says Pradyuman Thakur's family
Confronting allegations of shoddy investigation, Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said: "Koi baat nahin, chalta hai (It does not matter, it happens)". He added that the police investigation was not complete when the case was handed over to the CBI.
The most telling discrepancy is the motive for the crime. The CBI says the Class 11 student wanted to delay exams and also hoped for a parent-teachers' meeting to be cancelled. The police claimed bus conductor Ashok Kumar had confessed to killing the boy after trying to sexually assault him.
The CBI reportedly found the murder weapon in a commode of the toilet near which Pradyuman's body was found. Sources say the police never recovered the weapon from the toilet, though they had claimed to find a knife on the conductor.
Four students and a teacher have told the CBI that they had seen the detained student with a knife a day before. After taking over the investigation, the agency kept questioning teachers, students and staff at the school. The Gurgaon police, however, focused only on the conductor and didn't talk to people in the school enough. The extensive questioning also revealed that the student had told his classmates - before the murder - to stop studying for exams as they would be cancelled.
The student, it was subsequently learnt, had been under psychological evaluation for a year for anger management issues. He was described as a poor student and "disturbed".
The police apparently didn't thoroughly examine the CCTV footage, which revealed that five people were near the toilet at the same time as Pradyuman - not just the bus conductor, as the police said.
Kumar remains in prison and continues to be a suspect for now, say sources.