- 7-year-old died in Gurgaon school in September, throat was slit
- Bus conductor was arrested, police said he confessed
- CBI now detains Class 11 student for the killing
CBI sources said they have recovered the knife used to kill Pradyuman from the bathroom where the seven-year-old's throat was slit and that a bus conductor arrested earlier for the murder is no longer the main suspect.
The detained student's father told news agency ANI, "My boy is innocent." He said that his son - whose identity cannot be revealed for legal reasons - had, in fact, alerted teachers at Ryan International, an expensive private school in Gurgaon, that Pradyuman had been attacked. "The CBI questioned him four times," the father said, his face mosaicked in the interview. "What happened to the child who died is so wrong, but that another child should go through injustice is also unfair."
"Ask anyone at the school...did they see any blood on him? I can tell you there was not a single spot of blood on his clothes," he said.
The CBI says that four days ago, other students told investigators that the alleged killer had told them that exams would be postponed. While questioning him repeatedly, in part because he had flagged the injured child to school officials at the time of the assault, they determined that he had killed Pradyuman.
But the CBI, which took over the case from the Gurgaon police last month, says that the CCTV footage that was referred to earlier was just a part of the available video. Upon scrutiny, investigators found that five people were seen standing outside the bathroom after Pradyuman was attacked inside; among them, they say, is the Class 11 student.
Pradyuman's father, Varun Thakur, told NDTV that the bus conductor's arrest was not convincing and seemed like a cop out by the Gurgaon police. He said he believes the CBI's version.