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Most govt buildings in Gurugram don’t have fire safety document

It may seem surprising but most government buildings in Gurugram, including the mini-secretariat, do not have a fire no-objection certificate (NOC). Keeping in mind the recent tragedy at Mumbai’s Kamala mills, which claimed 14 lives, those who have still not procured their fire NOCs need to beware.In a reply to an RTI application, it was revealed that of the 18 government buildings in Gurugram, only two had fire NOCs. The list includes not just the secretariat but also the office of the commissioner of police, civil hospitals, new court complex, and all the government schools and colleges. These institutions see a footballs of hundreds or even thousands of people and without a fire NOC, people are certainly at a risk.The authorities, who are completely aware of the prevailing situation, seem to be hardly bothered. In a recently conducted mock drill in connection with response in disaster situations, it was suggested to the authorities concerned to procure fire NOCs.Speaking to DNA, Vinay Pratap, DC Gurugram, said: “During preparations for the Earthquake Mega Mock Drill on December 21, we did a fire safety audit of the government buildings and realised that a few buildings did not have the fire NOC. We have asked the senior fire safety officer to conduct fire safety audit of all buildings, including mini-secretariat, within three months.”DEFAULTERS’ LISTMini secretariat Office of police commissioner New court complex Administrator, HUDA office, Sector 14 CRPF complex, Kadarpur Divisional commissioner District prisons, Bhondsi PWD guesthouse, Civil Lines Railway station Bus stand Old Panchayat Bhawan District Social Welfare office Government college All government schools MDI university Offices of the superintending engineer, DHBVN

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Shocker from Gurugram! Medanta Hospital charges Rs 16 lakh for dengue treatment, child dies

The series of shocking incidents in the hospitals from Delhi-NCR are no close to stopping. In another bizzare episode, it’s Gurugram’s Medanta hospital, which is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The hospital has reportedly charged around Rs 16 lakh for the treatment that continued for 21 days from the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was suffering from Dengue. The child, however, later on died. As the reports suggest, the boy’s family shifted him to a different hospital after Medanta hospital charged them an exorbitant amount. Also readFortis raked in moolah of up to 1,737% in Adya Singh case: NPPA”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money; the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” the father of the eight-year-old said.Earlier, Fortis hospital in Gurugram billed a family close to 16 lakhs in 15 days as their baby girl Adya succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, post which Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for an inquiry to be instituted to investigate the case.Also readComplaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park HospitalDNA had first reported the story of deceased baby Adya on November 20. The story can be read here. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital. Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor. Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290.

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Airline trainee molested by hotel’s staff in Gurugram

A trainee flight attendant was allegedly molested by a receptionist of a guest house in the posh DLF area in Gurugram, following which he was arrested, police said on Tuesday.The 22-year-old woman who works with Indigo airlines was residing at Hotel Siris Inn, the accommodation provided by the airlines.She informed the reception that she was checking out when the accused, Shiv Kumar, 24, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, barged into her room and asked if she was happy with the services,” Station House Officer of DLF phase-II Sudeep Kumar said.”The victim said a tap in the washroom was not working and Kumar asked her to show it. When they went inside, he molested her. After she screamed for help, the accused tried to flee from the spot,” Kumar said. The accused was arrested by the police and later sent to judicial custody.

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BSES employee held for theft

A BSES contractual supervisor was arrested for stealing cable wire worth Rs 10 lakh from Jamia Milia University Metro Station using a crane. Police recovered the entire stolen cable wire from him.”The accused, Ashwani Kumar alias Bablu, 37, was arrested on the basis of evidence from the CCTV footage. He was earlier in jail for four years in a murder and robbery case in Gurgaon,” said Chinmoy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.According to the police, on December 5, a complaint was received from BSES contractor Karan Sharma, who said that someone had stolen a wooden drum containing cables. He informed the police that the wire was 492 metre-long and weighed around 4,400 kg. The wire worth Rs 10 lakh was stolen from the under-construction Jamia Milia University Metro Station site,” said the officer.Police scanned the list of previous cases where the modus operandi was the same. Cops scanned relevant CCTV footage from various BSES godowns and under-construction metro sites. In one such footage, a crane and a tempo were seen passing in front of a hospital at night. The crane owner was traced down and he informed that a BSES employee had hired him for lifting the cable wire roll.Police further traced the BSES contractual labour supervisor Kumar who confessed to the crime. Kumar earlier worked as a cab driver and had been working for BSES for the past one year as a labour supervisor. In 2006, he was arrested in a murder-cum-robbery case in Gurugram and was lodged at Bhondsi Jail till 2010.Kumar was looking for scrap dealers in Okhla and Badarpur areas to sell off the wire. He even tried to fix a deal with around four dealers, but most refused to buy the wire because it was government property. He was also looking for dealers outside Delhi to dispose the cable. He told the police that he had dumped the cable roll behind Batra Hospital in the jungle area from where the wire was recovered. He was previously involved in a case of attacking a public servant.

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Pradyuman murder case: Bail plea of juvenile accused rejected

The juvenile accused in Pradyuman murder case was denied bail by Juvenile Justice Board on Friday.According to reports, the board took cognisance of the psychological report of the accused. The report emphasised that the juvenile was well aware of the consequences of the crime.The Class XI student, who is accused of murdering seven-year-old Pradyuman, was produced before the JJB again on Wednesday and remanded to another 14 days in judicial custody.He will be lodged in an observation home in Faridabad during this period and produced before the JJB on December 20.The cold-blooded murder case of Pradyuman took a new dimension after the CBI trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case, and arrested the juvenile.Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside Ryan International School in Gurugram.

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After Max, another Delhi hospital accused of medical negligence

Another case of alleged medical negligence has come to light, this time from BKL hospital in Karol Bagh area.Neeraj Garg, a resident of Gwalior, told ANI on Sunday that he had lost his daughter, Deepa, due to medical negligence of the hospital, who had claimed to cure her of Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type 2 (CDA II).”On the recommendation of a doctor, we admitted her in the hospital. My daughter underwent a (bone marrow) transplant at the hospital in the month of November. After a few days, she fell sick, faced breathing problems and severe headache. Doctors continued to say that all this is normal,” said Neeraj Garg, whose daughter died on November 25.Also readSpeak up Delhi: Max hospital license cancellation irrational, say city residentsGarg, who, according to the bill shown to ANI, has been billed over 17 lakhs for nearly a month-long treatment, also accused the hospital of misleading them in regards to bone marrow transplant treatment.Garg said before undergoing the treatment, they had tried to ascertain with the hospital if they had treated anyone earlier with this method.Garg said the hospital assured them about the treatment; however, her condition began to worsen soon after the treatment.Also read2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark”A few days later, doctors said that they will have to shift her to ICU as she had developed some infection. And what was most shocking was when the doctors said now she will have to be kept on a ventilator because of breathing issues. They said this is a normal process so don’t worry,” he said.Garg also said that hospital authorities were rude to him when he confronted them following her daughter’s death.A few days ago, Delhi Max Hospital (Situated in Shalimar Bagh) was in the news after the hospital declared new-born twin babies dead. However, later on, one of them was found to be alive.In November, Fortis Hospital, Gurugram, had allegedly overcharged a family for treating their daughter of dengue. The seven-year-old girl did not survive and a bill of Rs 16 lakh for 15-day treatment was handed to the family.Also readNot against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

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Victim’s father files FIR, says Fortis Hospital man tried to bribe him

After losing his seven-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant Singh filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram. In his FIR, Singh also stated that on November 23, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal, met him at a coffee shop in Gurugram on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, where Grewal offered Singh a cheque of Rs 10,37,889. The proof can be corroborated in the hotel’s CCTV footage, stated the FIR. “He also made a verbal offer of Rs 25 lakh and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Singh told DNA. “When I refused, Grewal warned me that this was their best offer as the government’s medical report would come in favour of the hospital,” stated the FIR filed by Singh. However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Singh has alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” he told DNA. The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and the Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance. A probe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical on FMRI’s part to pull her off life support. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report. Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Singh. The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Bereaved father files FIR in Fortis case

After losing his 7-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management and treating doctors at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram.In his FIR, Jayant states that on November 23 at close to 10 35 am, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal met the former on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, in coffee shop of Trident Hotel in Gurugram. Jasbir offered Jayant a cheque of Rs 10, 37, 889. The proof can be corroborated in CCTV footage of the hotel, stated the FIR.“He also made a verbal offer of paying twenty-five lakh rupees on the agreement and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Jayant told DNA.Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis “When I refused to take the amount, Grewal warned me that this was the best offer as the government’s medical report would come fully in favour of the hospital and its practices,” stated the FIR filed by Jayant.However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Also readFortis and Medanta: 2 cases that show India’s crumbling private healthcare systemJayant alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” Jayant told DNA.The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance.Also readNPPA issues notice to Fortis in Adya dengue death caseProbe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical to pull off life support on FMRI’s part.The report notes that on September 14 there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off from Adya in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report.Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Jayant.Jayant further alleges in the FIR that FMRI did not inform him or his wife about the medical ramifications or exorbitant costs involved in blood transfusion procedures. He has requested for the hospital documents to be sent to a forensic lab or an expert to analyse forgery.The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Declared dead by Delhi hospital, infant lives

In a shocking incident of medical negligence and apathy in the Capital, doctors at a premier hospital declared a pair of prematurely born twins dead and handed them over to the parents, while one of them was still alive. The incident was reported from the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Thursday.The family has alleged that the babies were declared dead after they expressed their inability to pay the exorbitant fee for their treatment.The matter came to light after the father of the children, Ashish Kumar, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. A few minutes ago, I was crying over the death of my babies and suddenly I saw one of them alive. He had been wrapped in a polybag for more than 10 minutes and we were about to cremate him,” Kumar said.Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the has ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.”Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh and directed the Department to conduct an inquiry into this unacceptable act,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted. The government has asked the hospital to submit a preliminary report within 72 hours and a final report within a week. The hospital has also initiated an inquiry in the matter and the doctor concerned is being questioned.Meanwhile, babies’ grandfather Praveen Malik said: “The hospital authorities stated that our child needed to be put on the ventilator as his condition was deteriorating. The cost for his treatment, as suggested by the hospital, is Rs 45 lakh.””We couldn’t afford the treatment and we decided to take our baby to another hospital. Two hours after we asked the hospital to discharge our baby, we were suddenly called and informed that our second child has also passed away,” Malik added.”It has been brought to our attention that a 22-week newborn baby, who was reported to be on life support, was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support,” the hospital said in a statement.A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).This is the third such incident in the last one month. Earlier, the family of a seven-year-old girl had alleged that the Fortis hospital in Gurugram charged them over a lakh per day for 15 days and failed to save their daughter.
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Medanta inflated bill case: ‘We lost our child, won’t let this matter get buried,’ says aggrieved father

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family of Saurya Pratap said it will approach the Union Health Ministry for action against “inflated medical bills” slapped by Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital for the treatment of the seven-year-old boy who died on Wednesday.The hospital billed a Dholpur-based insurance agent Rs 15.88 lakh for the child’s 22-day dengue treatment. The father, Gopendra Singh, said he mortgaged his house to pay the bill but did not have money for further treatment. He took his son to RML Hospital in Delhi where he died. “We have lost our child and no one can understand the pain. We will not let this matter get buried. We will also register a police case and want our system to take stringent action. These private hospitals must be taught a lesson so that no other parent loses his child,” said Singh.This follows shock and anger on Monday when it emerged that the parents of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue at Gurugram’s Fortis hospital, were billed Rs 16 lakh for 15 days of treatment.In the latest case, the family said the hospital kept the child with false promises, saying that it would reduce the bill amount.The parents said Medanta was not even their choice.

Gurugram: 50 mobile phones, SIM cards, batteries recovered during barrack search at Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case was registered after fifty mobile phones, forty one batteries, eleven SIM cards and nine mobile recharge cards were seized during search of barracks at Gurugram’s Bhondsi Jail.”A special searching team had instilled a search operation of barracks, which is when the items were found,” Gurugram’s police PRO Ravindra Kumar confirmed.An FIR was registered against unknown persons under relevant Sections of Prisoner Act of the IPC at Bhondsi police station.The phones have been put under tracking and investigation is on to find out owners of the phones.”Since the past two months, a lot of such items have been caught inside Bhondsi Jail,” said Police PRO Kumar.The incident came to light on Tuesday.

E-auction changes fortune of HUDA, IKEA deal brings windfall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems that the rechristen of Gurgaon to Gurugram has also recast the fortune of real estate of the city. Gurugram, which had been in news for land scams and spurious land deals in the previous government, has now hit the headlines for a mega Rs 842 crore auction of 10 acres land. At a time when all real estate giants are finding it difficult to make a deal, state’s urban development agency, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has hit the goldmine.It has auctioned 10 acres land in sector 47 to iconic furniture retailer Ikea, a Swedish multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories at an exorbitant price of Rs 842 crore, making it biggest ever deal in the history of HUDA. The deal has come as a big relief for the cash starved HUDA, which has recently auctioned 2 acres for Rs 206 crores. “The credit goes to the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who introduced e-auctioning of HUDA land to explore the best price. In the previous government, HUDA land would go at dirt cheap price due to political interference. Some of these deals which involve high ranking political people, are under the lens of investigating authorities,” said a government official.The e-auction system adopted by HUDA has brought transparency in land deal curbing any possibility of corruption. In previous government, private developers would collude with government officials and politicians to take away precious land at dirt cheap prices.”But e-auction has ruled out all these practices. This will help in filling the government coffers,” an official said.The IKEA deal has infused new zeal in the sagging realty market of Gurugram and adjoining National Capital Region (NCR). This will propel some movement in the market which has seen reduced demand mainly due to squeezed commercial activities.”We have planned auctions of other institutional and commercial properties in the next few months.We are hopeful of selling more properties and generating a good revenue for HUDA from the estates of Gurugram,” said the official.

Ryan case: CBI doubts ‘exam delay’ theory as accused good in studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While probing the Ryan murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started questioning its own theory that the accused, a Class XI student of the Ryan International School, killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur so that the exams could be postponed. The agency has doubts about this line of investigation as the accused has an excellent academic record.Earlier, the agency had said that during the interrogation, the accused had revealed that he killed Pradyuman to”postpone the examination and the parents-teacher meeting”.Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination.”The motive behind the murder is not completely convincing,” a senior CBI officer said.The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there.”Buying a knife, randomly picking a junior student, and slitting his throat in the school premises is just unconvincing,” said a senior officer, adding that the deceased might have witnessed something objectionable, which eventually led to his murder.”The motive looks like a smokescreen. The real motive is something else,”the officer added.Meanwhile, the CBI has rejected the Haryana police’s investigation, which pointed at school bus conductor Ashok Kumar as the accused. CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma has ordered a probe into the destruction of evidence by four police officers, including the Superintendent of Police working with the Haryana government.Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers and are trying to piece together the way the evidences in the case were destroyed and new evidences were planted to frame the bus conductor.The agency, however, has remained silent on Kumar’s bail application. The matter will be heard in a Gurugram court on Monday. Surprisingly, last week, Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, through his counsel Sushil K Tekriwal, also opposed the bus conductor’s bail plea, saying that since the CBI had not given him a clean chit, he should not be given bail’NO REASON TO FEAR’Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there. Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers.

Ryan case | Victim’s dad: Try 16-yr-old as adult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradyuman Thakur’s father filed a petition before the juvenile justice board on Wednesday and sought the trial of the 16-year-old accused as an adult. The father, Barun Thakur, said the crime was horrific and the accused should not be shown mercy.The CBI has arrested the Class 11 student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School for killing his Class 2 junior Pradyuman on September 8. School bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police.Kumar’s bail plea is slated to be heard at a sessions court in Gurugram on Thursday. The juvenile student confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the CBI has told the juvenile court. But on Tuesday, the accused was said to have claimed that he was forced to confess.The juvenile student was weak in studies and committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, sources in the CBI have maintained. Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, sources have said. CCTV footage, in which the Class 11 student was seen near the victim minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police.

Ryan case: ‘Haryana minister told us not to seek a CBI probe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another revelation in the Ryan murder case, victim Pradyuman’s father, Barun Thakur, alleged on Tuesday that Haryana Cabinet Minister Narbir Singh suggested to the family to not demand a CBI probe.The seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School was brutally murdered inside the school toilet on September 8, within an hour of his father leaving him there.According to the family, PWD, Forest, and Civil Aviation Minister Narbir Singh visited their house in Gurugram on September 14, a day before CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced the decision on CBI probe. Speaking strongly against a probe by the investigative agency, Singh told the family to not demand it. “He visited our house a day before the CM announced the decision. While talking about the incident, he began to give us reasons why we should not demand a CBI probe. He explained how CBI might not even pick up the case for the coming 1.5 years and how we might end up with the same findings as of the Gurugram Police,” Thakur told DNA.Unwilling to give up, however, Thakur requested the minister to go ahead with the CBI inquiry. “We were not pleased with his suggestion and requested him to take our plea forward,” he said.When contacted, Singh did not respond to DNA queries.The Gurugram Police had arrested a bus conductor in the case. Later, however, the CBI announced that a senior student of the same school was behind the murder, and rejected the police’s claim that the conductor was to blame.

Ryan student murder: Amid twists and turns, juvenile accused retracts confession

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid twists and turns in the murder case of 7-year-old Ryan International school student, the arrested juvenile accuses has reportedly retracted his confession.Last week, the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurgaon Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.However, the accused reportedly said that he was forced to confess. ALSO READ Ryan case: CBI probe reveals destruction of evidence by Gurugram PoliceAccording to Hindustan Times, the accused told to a team of CBI officials and a legal-cum-probation officer from the district child protection unit that the investigators forced him to confess.A report also said the boy is said to have alleged the investigators beat him up and recorded the confession in their own words, however, a CBI spokesperson refused to comment.The accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.Earlier, the agency told the juvenile court that the accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father. ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams.The Haryana Police, after facing flak from all quarters, accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.

NCR schools open in a haze, parents worried

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While pollution levels remained hazardous on Monday, schools in the national capital reopened, leaving parents anxious about the health of their children.Schools in NCR towns will, however, re-open on Tuesday. Those in Gurugram and Ghaziabad will start two hours late to keep children from the toxic haze. Schools in Noida will not tweak their schedule. Outdoor activities and sports events will, however, remain suspended in all NCR schools.A group of parents wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to voice their concern. “The Delhi government should have shut classes, at least for primary students. I’m really worried about the health of my 7-year-old daughter,” said Shramistha Saini, mother of a Class 2 student at Ahlcon International School.”We can’t force small children to wear masks. I make my 8-year-old son wear a mask but he throws it away. It’s better for him to stay at home,” said Anjana Singh, mother of a Class 7 student.”Primary school children should not get exposed to this smog. The government should order schools to suspend at least primary classes for three more days or the schools themselves should take this initiative,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.School authorities said that shutting classes is not the answer to the problem. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said, “These are just knee-jerk reactions. The government has to look at workable solutions to deal with a problem of this level. Even delaying timings won’t help, as children are used to a body clock.”A principal of a Delhi government school said, “It is difficult to wrap up the syllabus if schools are shut several times. Also, some schools have half-yearly tests going on. Shutting classes will affect the overall schedule as well as the students’ study patterns.””Children should wear masks whenever they go out. While it is not a foolproof method to avoid pollutants, it certainly helps in prevention. Also, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C should be consumed to combat the ill effects of Delhi’s smog. Immune system boosting herbs like neem, tulsi and haldi also help,” said Dr Mukesh Goel of Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

Jolt to CBI: Knife shop owner fails to identify Ryan student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI suffered a jolt as the owner of a shop from where Ryan International School’s 16-year-old student is suspected to have procured a knife to kill his Class II junior has failed to identify him.This left the CBI with no option but to buy seven similar knives that cost Rs 100 to establish its claims. Shop owner Pawan would have become a crucial witness if he had identified the juvenile. The agency alleges that the suspect himself disclosed the shop location. The CBI apprehended the Class XI student late on Tuesday, while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police for killing Pradyuman Thakur on the campus two months ago.The agency has planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. Seven-year-old Pradyuman had been found with his throat slit outside a school toilet on September 8The CBI is also focusing on a second juvenile student who had raised an alarm about the murder. His statement has been recorded, but he has not been confronted with the suspect who is weak in studies and allegedly committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, said sources.The agency is probing whether school staff and the Haryana police are involved in destruction of evidence. The Haryana police had claimed to have found a blood-stained knife from the tool box of a school bus driven by Kumar. The agency, however, said it has found the actual knife used in the crime and thrown in a commode.The CBI, within six days of taking over the case on September 22, identified the juvenile as an accused and even went to his residence and collected “crucial materials”. Sources said that the agency collected the clothes which the accused was wearing on the day of the crime.Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information, sources said. He confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has told a juvenile court.CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police. Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, an MNC executive in Delhi, said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor,” he said.The suspect student was produced before the juvenile court on Wednesday which allowed the police to question him. His custody will get over on Saturday when he will be produced before the juvenile court.

Ryan case: Conductor to sue cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar said that he had been made a “scapegoat” in the Ryan murder case in order to protect the real culprit and — along with their lawyer on Friday — moved a bail application at the Gurugram court.”The reply for the bail application will come by November 16. Our first priority is to get Kumar out of jail and prove his innocence. Then we will decide the course of action to be taken against the Gurugram police,” said Mohit Verma, counsel for Ashok Kumar.Verma added that once the CBI would submit its closure report in court, they would be taken action against the Gurugram Police for “torturing” Kumar. He said that he had been “drugged, thrashed and forced to confess and sign on papers.”Kumar was arrested by the Haryana Police on charges of killing seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur inside the washroom at the Ryan International School, Gurgaon in September. Since then he has been in jail.The family members of Kumar also stated that they have undergone immense turmoil since his arrest, as he was their breadwinner. They added that the entire village from the first day had vouched for his character and said that he could never kill anyone. Despite this, they said, Kumar was paraded in front of media persons by the police when he was arrested.Kumar’s mother, who is unwell, said his arrest made their lives hell as his wife also lost her job soon after his arrests. She said though that it was much more difficult for his children to deal with as they saw him with police on television and knew their father was in jail.Political Battle The Opposition attacked the BJP government and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over the “shoddy” police probe. Ajay Yadav, a minister in the former Hooda government, demanded a thorough inquiry against the concerned Gurugram police officers and a member of the SIT who he said had made the “poor conductor” a scapegoat.

Accused’s kin slam CBI, say he was good at academics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adding a new twist into the Ryan International School murder case, family members and friends of the juvenile — accused of murdering the Class II student Pradyuman — rubbished the theory given by CBI officials and stated that he was a bright student. Not just this, he had received appreciation from this very Ryan International School where the crime took place. Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) maintained that the 16-year-old boy, accused of murdering Pradyuman, had done so in order to postpone exams and the upcoming parent-teacher meeting, as he was a poor studentAs the CBI began their first round of questioning after a Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) allowed the CBI to question him for three days, the boy’s father also reached the JJB home when officials took him away.Investigation into the Pradyuman murder case has already raised many eyebrows. It may be recalled that earlier the Gurugram police had accused the bus conductor Ashok Kumar and arrested him claiming to have solved the murder. Now that the CBI has come up with a parallel line of investigation, questions are again being asked as to how do they justify their contention that the accused was a poor student.In fact, family members showed a report card of the accused where they said he had been given Grade ‘A’ in the emotional skills category, Grade ‘A’ in Attitudes and Values towards teachers, school mates, value system, schools programme and environment.In fact, the family says, the accused has been given A or B grade throughout Class X which doesn’t justify the CBI theory of him being poor in studies. Family members also debunked the theory of him being “mentally unstable” and “weak.”Relatives of the juvenile also revealed that the family had consulted a doctor on one occasion, as they thought he was not mature enough for his age, but otherwise they said he was a happy and a normal child.”My son can never kill anyone. He is innocent,” said the father of the child.”The boy was not only good in studies but also excelled in extra-curricular activities,” said a relative.It’s not just family, even friends of the accused are in shock. One of the accused’s close friends who would travel with him, said, “There was nothing wrong with him. I was sitting in the same section and we both gave the exam. He didn’t have blood on his clothes and was perfectly fine when we went home together.”

Transport Dept bans heavy vehicle entry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Transport Department banned the entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles in the Capital from Thursday 11pm to November 12, 11pm. The notification also stated that entry would be further banned if the air quality does not improve. The Delhi Traffic Police and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi have been directed and informed to comply with the notification. Delhi Traffic Police have made elaborate arrangements and deployed forces accordingly at border points. There are over 30 entry and exit points out of which 18 border points receive maximum number of trucks. The borders include Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Noida, Singhu border, Tughlakabad, Faridabad, GT Karnal road, Gurugram, Kalindi Kunj. Only trucks with essential commodities such as eggs, milk, petroleum, vegetables, etc, will be allowed.

Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Class 11 student of Ryan International School, apprehended by the CBI for allegedly killing a seven-year-old student, has confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has claimed before a juvenile court here.To corroborate the 16-year-old student’s statement, CBI sleuths took him to a “certain place” on Thursday, the first day of his three-day remand.A special crime team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is questioning him, remained tight-lipped about the exercise, saying it could affect the probe.The juvenile court in Gurgaon on Wednesday sent the student to three days’ CBI custody. He is being kept at the Sewa Kutir, a child welfare home, at Kingsway Camp, from where he was brought to the CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.45 in the morning.The CBI has been directed by the court to carry on questioning for seven hours between 10 in the morning to five in the evening during the custody period.The agency said that his custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain if there were other people involved in the crime.The confession of the student has little meaning as of now as such statements need to be recorded before a court under Section 164 of the CrPC. The agency said his statement was yet to be recorded under CrPC Section 164.CBI sources said the agency is still investigating the case and that admission of crime is just the beginning of a process of collecting corroborative forensic and legally tenable evidence.The agency also wants the teenager to identify the shop from where he had purchased the knife used to slit throat of Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, on September 8, the agency told the court.The CBI said the interrogation was needed to reconstruct the scene of crime, to unearth conspiracy, if any, and to collect any other evidence related to the case.”He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of…In ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School…In presence of his father…, independent witness, welfare officer of the CBI, etc.,” the note said.In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Wednesday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.The agency did not find any evidence of sexual assault, a CBI spokesperson had yesterday.The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff members of the school.Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, sources said.​

My husband was an easy target, says arrested conductor’s wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than two months after Ashok Kumar was arrested in the murder of a seven-year-old student at the Ryan International School, Gurugram, his family heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the CBI declared him innocent.The family claimed that Kumar was framed in the case because he was an “easy target”.Kumar, 45, a bus conductor at the school, has been in police custody since September 9. “My husband was framed in the case because he was poor and hence an easy target for the Gurugram police and the school authority. He was brutally beaten up by the police for confessing the crime,”said his 25-year-old wife Mamta Dherwal.”We came to know about the arrest of a class XI student in the case through the media only. Police did not inform us about anything. My husband should immediately be released now,” she said.The class II student was found dead inside the washroom of the school on the morning of September 8 with his throat slit and a knife was found near his body. Gurgaon police had initially arrested Kumar in the case alleging that he had tried to sodomise the student and later killed him when he tried to resist. The case was later transferred to the CBI by the state government.The family, however, had maintained that he was framed and urged police to check CCTV footage. “We have suffered a lot in his absence. He’s the sole earner of our family. We are dependent on our neighbors and my family for our meals,” she rues.Surrounded by neighbors and mediapersons, Kumar’s 65-year-old father Ami Chand, fears his son might not be able to work after the “physical torture” he had gone through.

16-year-old arrested for Ryan student’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended a 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Tuesday in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur in September. The Class XI student allegedly slit Pradyuman’s throat in an attempt to have school examinations and a parents-teacher meeting postponed.The teen student was the one who had informed the school authorities about Pradyuman lying in a pool of blood. The accused has been sent to three days police custody; CBI had sought six-day custody and to treat the accused as an adult in the case.The arrest has raised a serious question mark about preliminary investigation carried out by Haryana police, who had arrested a bus conductor named Ashok Kumar for the crime and even accused him of sodomising the child. “Koi baat nahin (it’s okay),” reponded Director General of Police (Haryana) BS Sandhuput to the latest development.The accused’s father insists his son is innocent. “I have always cooperated with the probe,” he said.”My son’s statement was recorded under Section 164. They called me late at night and arrested my son saying that he committed the murder. My son is innocent, in fact, he informed the teacher and gardener when he saw the child. No blood was found on my son’s clothes. CBI has no evidence against him.”CBI, however, maintains that evidence points to the teen’s guilt. CBI spokesperson, Abhishek Dayal, said, “The Class XI student was detained after inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning several people. The accused had carried a knife to school on the day of the crime and used it to kill his schoolmate. He then threw it in a commode in same washroom where Pradyuman was found. The weapon was initially recovered by police in Gurugram (Haryana); it is now with us.”Dayal said the teen was weak in studies and that Pradyuman was a random target. “Had any other child been in the toilet at the time, he would had been the target,” he said.The agency took over the case on September 22 after public outrage and the parents’s insistence that CBI handle the case. Pradyuman’s father, Varun Thakur, said he never believed Gurugram police’s theory that the conductor committed the crime.”From Day One, we had said that the bus conductor was not guilty,” said Thakur, “The sequence of the crime which Haryana police told us was unconvincing.”

Ryan School murder: Class XI student sent to 3-day CBI custody, Pradyuman’s family demands capital punishment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Class XI student arrested in connection with the murder of Pradyuman was sent to 3-day CBI remand by a Gurugram court. He will be questioned by the CBI in presence of a member of the Juvenile Justice Board.Meanwhile, reacting to the news Pradyuman’s family’s lawyer demanded strict punishment and said that he should be tried as an adult and hanged. While according to the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, individuals under 18 can’t be given capital punishment, minors between the age of 16 and 18, can be tried as adults for heinous crimes.He also said that they believed it was a larger conspiracy and the CBI should file a charge-sheet soon. He added the CBI hadn’t given a clean chit to the Pinto family yet.In the latest development to the Pradyuman murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case.The CBI has ruled out the sexual assault theory in the case. “No sexual assault theory came out during our investigation,” stated the CBI.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday night. An official statement by the agency reads: “CBI has apprehended a child in conflict with law, a student of senior class at Ryan International School, Gurugram in an ongoing case relating to the murder of the seven-year-old boy.”It said, “Initial investigation revealed the child in conflict of law wanted to have the examination and parent teacher meeting in school postponed.”CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told ANI, “The arrest was made after a thorough investigation was conducted based on scientific evidences, including inspection of the scene of crime, forensic analysis, analysis of CCTV and call records.”Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.The juvenile student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night and his parents were kept in the loop all through, the agency said.Police in Gurgaon had arrested school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, for the crime the same day. With inputs from agencies

Ryan student murder | Class 11 student killed Pradyuman as he wanted exams postponed: CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday apprehended a Class XI student in connection with the killing of a seven-year-old schoolboy in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School.Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.”The agency has apprehended a child in conflict with the law, a student of the senior class of Ryan International School in a case related to the murder of a student,” CBI said.”On basis of scientific evidence, thorough inspection of the crime scene, analysis of CCTV footage, the initial investigation revealed that the child wanted examination and parents-teachers meeting postponed,” CBI said in a statement.The agency had taken over the probe on September 22.The prime suspect in the killing was the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar. However, the agency said that the bus conductor has not committed the crime. It further said that the agency doesn’t give a clean chit to anyone. It is the court’s call.”The agency also said that no sexual assault theory came out during our investigation.The post-mortem report of Pradyuman had cited “shock and hemorrhage” as the cause of death.The CBI has taken over the probe after receiving a notification from the Centre. The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the POCSO Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.The Punjab and Haryana High court has granted bail to Ryan school founders in the case till December 5, with conditions.The High Court, however, has imposed stringent conditions along with the bail.

Ryan student murder case: Class XI boy arrested, to be produced before Juvenile Justice Board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh twist in a Pradyuman murder case, a Class XI student of the Gurgaon’s Ryan International School has been arrested by police.A class 2 student, Pradhuman Thakur, was found dead in a school toilet with his throat slit on September 8, following which the schoolbus conductor was arrested.The student will be produced before Juvenile Justice Board in afternoon, which will take a call whether to treat him as a major or minor under amended JJ Act (2016).The teenager reportedly had been seen carrying a knife in school.The post-mortem report of Pradyuman had cited “shock and hemorrhage” as the cause of death.The CBI has taken over the probe after receiving a notification from the Centre. The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the POCSO Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.The Punjab and Haryana High court has granted bail to Ryan school founders in the case till December 5, with conditions.The High Court, however, has imposed stringent conditions along with the bail.

Photo fest to be held at IHC for awareness about Aravallis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not far from the choking pollution of Delhi and an increasingly urbanised Gurugram exists a village that has managed to preserve a 1,200-acre green patch, owing to their religious faith. Residents of the Mangar village, located just 25 km from the Cyber City in the Aravallis, have named this patch ‘Mangar Bani’, and have miraculously saved the area from the city builders.Earlier this year, however, despite the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order to maintain the state of affairs in the area, over 200 trees were cut in Mangar Bani, considered sacred by the locals. This act not just angered the locals but also highlighted the rapid movement of builders into the heart of the Aravallis. In fact, a five-star hotel , The Lalit Mangar, also exists in the village now.”In the last one decade, the external movement has increased in our village, which has led to chaos. It was shocking to see people cut trees in the Bani as we have always maintained that it is a sin. Nobody takes anything from here, not even the fallen trees or fruits. The Bani has existed for over 700 years and the temple here has fulfilled many wishes. Those builders have bought land around the villages, but they will not be able to enter our sacred space,” said Rajveer, a local.Soon after the felling of trees, environmentalists, artists, students, and photographers came together to highlight the importance of this 1,200-acre green patch. Campaigns were created on social media and walks were conducted to spread awareness about the issue.Taking the initiative to the next level, a three-week festival will be held at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) to create awareness about the importance of Aravallis. The festival, titled ‘Aravalli Utsav’, will showcase works of different photographers, and will have photos of the landscape and wildlife, between October 28 and November 20..”People have been reading about the ranges in the news, but they still do not know what they are. We have just brought Aravallis to the people. The response, so far, has been tremendous. Now, we feel we should start a minibus from here to Mangar, as everyone suddenly wants to visit. The installation has actually caused a stir. Recently, the Gurugram MCD commissioner visited and suggested that we take the festival and pictures to Gurugram after this,” says Aditya Arya, photographer and the mind behind the festival.

Two ram into truck with stolen car, 1 dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dramatic incident on Saturday, two auto-lifters who were fleeing after allegedly stealing a vehicle, rammed into a truck in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka Sector 23. The collision was such that one of them died on the spot while another managed to flee.The deceased has been identified as Ashok Danda, 20. According to the police, the accident took place on Saturday, around 12.25 am, when one Chander Pal, a driver with Ola cabs, was returning from Gurugram to his home in Durga Vihar, Dwarka.”When Pal reached near the traffic intersection at Dwarka, Sector 19, two youths approached him and asked him for a lift. When Pal refused, they whipped out a knife and asked him to surrender the cab, a Swift Dzire,” a senior police officer said.The two men were then fleeing with the stolen cab when just 4 km from the spot, they rammed into a truck parked on the roadside in the Dhul Siras Village area.”Locals gathered at the spot and found that one of the two youths was still stuck inside the damaged car. They then informed the Police Control Room, after which one of the accused was rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” the officer said.”Looking at the condition of the car, we suspect that the accused were driving at more than 100 km per hour speed,” the officer said, adding that they have registered a case of rash driving under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 279, 304A for causing death due to negligence and other sections, at the Dwarka police station.

Govt mulls copter service from IGIA to NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It takes almost the same time to fly to Delhi from other metro cities and to travel on road from one spot to the other within the National Capital Region (NCR). Considering the size of the region as well as its traffic problems, the Centre is now exploring the possibility for air travellers to avail helicopter services from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to satellite cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has asked the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), to explore the possibility of providing space for helicopters within the Delhi airports, so that direct connectivity can be provided to air travellers. The move will help commuters bypass the cumbersome traffic congestion and reach their respective destinations within a much shorter time.If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.”This will be a big relief for frequent flyers as many of them complain about missing their flights due to traffic chaos,” a source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. These choppers could also be used as air ambulances, and hospitals and patients could avail the facility on a regular basis. The service will particularly facilitate swifter organ transfer, as compared to green corridor. “A Detailed Project Report is being prepared and accordingly, changes will be made in building bylaws, wherein rooftop helipads might also be included,” the source added.Initially, however, the Centre will use unattended helipads in these satellite cities.In July this year, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had revealed that there were no “non-peak hours” in Delhi anymore as there was almost no difference in the time taken to travel during peak and non-peak hours. The CSE had carried out the study on 13 arterial roads for 12 hours daily. It stated that on an average, the morning and evening peak traffic speeds were 28 kmph and 25 kmph, and the off-peak speed was 27 kmph.Expansion planPossibility to avail services from IGIA to satellite cities like Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

No new meat shops in residential areas, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday has banned setting up of new meat shops in residential areas.”No license would be provided to set up new meat shops in residential areas,” Khattar told ANI.Earlier, the Haryana CM has ordered closure of meat shops and slaughterhouses near religious and educational institutions.Following UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s footsteps, who had ordered crackdown on unlicensed meat shops and slaughterhouses in March, Khattar issued a similar suit in Haryana on May this year.Khattar had ordered closure of illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses in the state. At least 666 outlets in the state were shut down with Gurugram accounting for the highest at 550.The Haryana government had sent notices to all unauthorised meat shops and slaughterhouses to apply for licences or face closure. It was mandatory for owners to furnish all details about the source of meat, from where the meat was purchased, as well as the slaughterhouses.

Bihar: Private schoolteacher arrested for indulging in ‘unnatural sex’ with students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A private school teacher in Supaul area of Bihar was arrested on Thursday for allegedly indulging in ‘unnatural sex’ with students inside the school premises, news agency ANI reported.The incident comes to light hours after a six-year-old student was found raped in the toilet of a south Delhi school.Both incidents highlight the issue of students’ safety to the fore.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

Ex-Navy man steals BMW at knife-point

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A retired Indian Navy officer has been arrested for posing as a Delhi Police officer and stealing a BMW car belonging to a businessman in South Delhi’s Mahipalpur area. The accused, Bharat Singh, had earlier attempted to steal cars by asking for lifts but when that modus operandi failed, he thought donning a police uniform might help him.At 11.58 am on Tuesday, the police was informed about a BMW car being robbed at knife-point at Rangpuri roundabout near Radisson hotel at Mahipalpur. The victim, Khenchand, told the police that he works as a driver with Messrs Gupta HC Overseas Pvt Ltd, an Agra-based firm. In his statement, Khenchand said he had come to the Capital to drop his boss at Indira Gandhi International airport in a BMW X5 SUV (licence plate number UP-80-DZ-9292).”After he dropped his boss, he had to drive to Gurugram for more work and drove the same car from the airport. As he was approaching Mahipalpur, a man wearing a Delhi Police officer’s uniform signalled him to stop,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, Chinmoy Biswas.Khenchand told the investigating officers that the man was wearing a uniform with two star badges on the shoulder. When Khemchand stopped, the fake police officer asked him for a lift.Khemchand agreed since it was an officer of the law. Singh sat in the car, and later took out the knife and first snatched the driver’s phone and then asked him to leave the car.Fearing for his life, Khemchand ran out of the car and Singh drove away with his mobile phone.An FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act. The police swung into action and acting on a tip-off, recovered the car when Singh was trying to tow it away with a crane. They found that Singh had served in the Indian Navy till 2001, after which he retired.

Ryan International murder forgotten? Parents outraged after suspended principal joins another Gurugram branch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The suspended principal of Ryan International School ( Bhondsi), where a seven-year-old student was brutally murdered, has joined the private school’s Gurugram Sec-40 branch as a teacher.Neerja Batra was suspended for negligence of duty after Pradyuman Thakur, a Class II student, was found dead in school’s washroom with his throat slit on September 5. The news of Batra joining another school has fumed the victim’s parents. “How can you expect her (Neerja Batra) to fulfill responsibilities as a teacher. It’s a risk to security & safety of students,” father Varun Thakur told ANI.In a less than month since he lost his son, Varun slammed the school’s management for the move, “How can you reinstate the principal who failed to fulfill her responsibility? What is the meaning of suspension then?”The parents in Sector 40 were also outraged over school’s latest decision. “She was suspended for negligence in delivering her duties and now the management cannot assign her a new task in another branch. How can they reinstate an employee who is found guilty of not doing her job responsibly?” a parent, Ramneek Vashishtha, was reported as saying by Hindustan Times.“Until and unless she is declared not guilty, she should remain suspended,” another Nirmala Arora said.The Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 28 had granted bail till October 7 to the founders of Ryan International School in connection to the murder.Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court refused to stay the order of Augustine F Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan.The CBI on September 22 took over the probe into the killing of Pradyuman after his father threatened to move the Supreme Court if the investigation does not start.Ryan Pinto was also served a notice by Gurugram police which sought answers from him about security lapses in the school and names of those responsible for those lapses.

Cops to rope in pvt firm to boost online presence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police are fairly inactive on social media. Apart from going beyond the customary traffic updates, an occasional festive greeting, or some social message or announcement, the Capital’s police has failed so far to use the full potential of social media.However, all that seems to be changing. Taking a cue from its contemporaries counterparts in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurugram and Lucknow who attempt to woo citizens’ hearts with their witty tweets and other social media interactions, the Delhi police has now decided to rope in a private agency to make its content more “aesthetic and meaningful.”The proposal has been laid down under a three-point agenda which would entail digital and social media management of Delhi Police, social media listening and online paid marketing.In the first part, the focus will be to create and upload aesthetic and meaningful content in the form of posts, graphs, charts, GIF, info graphics, creative etc from “raw inputs” from various sections of Delhi Police on all social media platforms.Another measure is to showcase the difference programmes, activities, functions and celebration of special days by the Force live on Facebook etc. The Delhi Police also plans to launch monthly campaigns under specific hashtags to promote a particular issue on Facebook and Twitter.In its “social listening” initiative, the Police will also deploy a “social intelligence tool” to crawl comments, views, complaints about itself on daily basis. It will also set up an “escalation matrix” for queries received on online platforms, which will be directed to its Cyber Cell team for response.The Delhi Police has also woken up to the benefits that come with pushing its content online, as is evident from its third step under which online paid marketing will be the focus.The agency will be hired by Delhi Police to manage its social media accounts will be disseminating online matter to the “right audience.”

Ryan International murder: CEO Ryan Pinto and family summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you thought public outrage and media frenzy–after the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyumn ​Thakur in Ryan International School’s Bhondsi branch–would make Gurugram police take swift action to nab the real culprits, then think again. Gurugram police, already battling charges of going slow in the case allegedly to protect the real culprits, seems in no hurry to interrogate the trustees of Ryan School. Pinto family has been summoned by Gurugram police for interrogation on September 26.This despite the fact that Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday refused to stay arrests of Ryan School trustees in this case. Earlier, the Bombay High had rejected anticipatory bail application of Pinto family. But, Gurugram police has decided to wait until September 26 to interrogate the high-profile Ryan School trustees. The school owners – founder Augustine Francis Pinto, MD Grace Pinto and CEO Ryan Pinto — are based in Mumbai. Police teams could have easily gone to Mumbai to interrogate the Pinto family so as to pitch together all the evidence that could still be retrieved. Delay in investigation and interrogation would, at best, help the accused and this also increases the chances of tampering with the evidence. At a time when police teams should actually be pouncing on the head to suspects to get to the bottom of the real truth, the excaxtly opposite seems to be happening on the ground. Denial of anticipatory bails from two courts meant the noose was actually tightening on Pinto family. But Gurugram police has decided to wait till Tuesday to start with the interrogation of Pinto family.Earlier, Ryan Pinto was served a notice by Gurugram police which sought answers from him about security lapses in the school and names of those responsible for those lapses. Ryan Pinto’s statements become vital as the school faces a criminal case for negligence.

Ryan opens, only to shut again till Sept 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 10 days after the brutal murder of a seven-year-old student within its premises, the Ryan International School in Gurugram re-opened on Monday, only to be shut again till September 25. There was heavy security deployment at the school to prevent any untoward incident. Confirming the report, Gurugram’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vinay Pratap Singh said:”The Ryan School in Bhondsi will be shut till Friday. Classes will resume on September 25. Safety concerns will be addressed till then.” Meanwhile, the accused in the case, bus conductor Ashok Kumar, was produced in the special POCSO court in Gurugram, along with the Ryan International Group’s northern zone head and Human Resource head. In the court, Kumar reiterated that he was forced to confess to the crime.”Ashok said he was being framed. He also told the judge that he was pressurised to sign the confession statement,” his lawyer Mohit Verma said.Earlier on Sunday, the victim’s parents vehemently opposed the re-opening of the school. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to take charge of the probe and visit the crime place, as well as sanitise the school premises. At this stage, opening the school will not be a wise decision,” child’s father Varun Thakur said, adding that the re-opening of the school could lead to “tampering” of evidence.The DC, however, denied such claims and said: “The entire crime scene has already been sanitised.”Meanwhile, fear and anxiety continued to grip students and parents on Monday, with very few children turning up for classes.PINTO BAIL PLEAThree Ryan International School trustees submitted a fresh bail plea in Punjab and Haryana High Court, which will be heard on Tuesday
Founder Augustine Francis Pinto, Managing Director Grace Pinto, and their son, CEO Ryan Pinto had moved the Court on Saturday, but their anticipatory bail plea could not be admitted following the Court’s objections

Ryan school murder case: SC directs lawyer body not to obstruct the proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday, directed the members of the District Bar Association of Gurugram not to obstruct in any manner the proceedings going on before a special judge there relating to the murder of a seven-year-old student in the Ryan International school.The apex court was informed by the bar body that they have withdrawn their earlier resolution in which they had said that no lawyer will represent any of the accused in the case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that an accused has the right to be represented by an advocate and the bar was under an obligation not to obstruct any lawyer from appearing on behalf of an accused.”We must say without any hesitation that any accused, whatever the offence maybe, has a right to be represented by an advocate. The tradition of bar does not authorise any bar association to pass a resolution like this.”However, the solace is realising the fault. The bar association has withdrawn it (resolution),” the bench, also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.The bench was hearing a plea filed by Francis Thomas, the northern zone head of Ryan Group, seeking transfer of the student murder case from the local court at Sohna, alleging that the bar has restrained lawyers from representing the accused in the sensational case. Thomas was arrested in connection with the case.During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Sandeep Kapur, appearing for Thomas, told the bench there was “hostile atmosphere” at the Sohna court and no lawyer was appearing for the accused in the case.Class 2 student Pradyuman was found with his throat slit on the morning of September 8 in the toilet of the Ryan International School in Gurgaon.Police allege that 42-year-old bus conductor Ashok Kumar killed him with a knife after the boy resisted an attempt to sodomise him.

Ryan school murder: Three, including bus conductor, remanded in judicial custody till September 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashok Kumar, the main accused in the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyuman Thakur, along with Ryan International Group’s Northern Zone head, and the school’s HR head have been remanded in judicial custody till September 29, it has been reported. Along with Kumar, the Haryana police last Monday arrested J Thomas, HR head, and Francis Thomas, regional head of the Ryan group of institutions. They were booked under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.The police had the same day of Pradhymnan’s murder, arrested a bus conductor of the school after the Class II student was spotted outside a school toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspended. The services of a private agency that provided security to the school have also been suspended.The brutal murder in Gurugram had sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property. The police had to resort to lathicharge even then to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.

Ryan murder: ‘Shock’ cited as cause of death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post-mortem report of seven-year-old child who was murdered inside the washroom at the Ryan International School, Gurugram, indicated “shock” and “haemorrhage” as the cause of his death. The report also suggested that a single edged sharp injury and its consequences were sufficient enough to cause his death.DNA had earlier reported that the there was no signs of sexual assault on the body which the report also suggests.The boy was murdered inside the school allegedly by the school conductor who killed him in an attempt to assault him. The report also stated that the incised wound was about 18×2 cm, the wound extended from his anterior neck to right ear and can also be seen cutting through the ear up to the superficial scalp tissue. As per the report, the wound was so deep that it was spread across the strap muscles, trachea and the food pipe.The boy had been murdered with a kitchen knife which was also recovered from the spot.The school has been shut since the child was murdered, on September 8. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday met the parents of the child and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the case. Meanwhile, the Haryana government has taken over the school for a period of three months.

You failed to save Pradhuman Thakur: CBSE’s damning report finds Gurugram’s Ryan International guilty of ‘gross negligence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Haryana government took over Gurugram’s Ryan International, the CBSE on Saturday served a show cause notice to the embattled school in connection with the murder of a 7-year-old student on its premises.The notice asked Ryan why its affiliation to the educational board “may not be withdrawn”.The CBSE’s damning report found Ryan guilty of “gross negligence”.It clearly said that Ryan failed to save Pradhuman Thakur, the class II student, who was found murdered in the school toilet.“The toilet windows had no grills,” the CBSE noted.Other safety violation include no separate toilet for bus staff and student; no attendant/aaya was present outside the toilet of the small children; unlocked, idle two floors of the school; low-height boundary wall; no fire safety certificates; CCTV cameras not functional among others.Apart from this, there were administrative lapses on part of Ryan. There was no full-time principal in the school.The Ryan failed to inform the police about the incident, the CBSE said.“From the entire sequence of events, it appears that the school is guilty of gross negligence and failed to ensure safety and security of the students in the school, ” the CBSE said. The report also said that had the school followed the guidelines, the unfortunate death of class II student could have been avoided.Now, Ryan has 15 days to reply to CBSE’s show cause notice. Failing to which, the CBSE may cancel its affiliation. In case Ryan loses CBSE affiliation, other students will be transferred to other branches to avoid any loss to their academic year.READ THE CBSE NOTICE HERECBSE show cause notice to Ryan International

Ryan student murder: Post-mortem report cites ‘shock and haemorrhage’ as cause of death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post-mortem report in the Ryan student murder case has cited “shock and haemorrhage” as the cause of death. The report adds that an external injury was caused by a single-edged sharp weapon and its consequences were enough to cause death in a normal case of nature.The Haryana government on Friday recommended a CBI probe into the murder of the seven-year-old boy in the school in Gurugram and took over its management for three months.Pradyuman Thakur was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International school, with his throat slit on September 8.The child was allegedly killed by a bus conductor, Ashok Kumar. The suspect’s family, however, alleged that he was being made a scapegoat in the entire police investigation.

CBI to probe Ryan murder: Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday that the state government will take over the administration of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, where a second grader was brutally murdered on September 8, for three months, and yielded to the victim’s father demand for a CBI inquiry into the crime that has horrified the nation.After his visit to the grieving family, Khattar said: “The investigation into the murder, being done by the Haryana police, will now be done by the CBI. The case is being handed over to the CBI for investigation.”He said Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh will be in-charge of running the affairs of the school for three months.School bus conductor Ashok Kumar, 42, had killed the 7-year-old with a knife after he resisted an attempt to sodomise him, the police had said. “Glad that the sensitivity this case deserved has been shown,” said the child’s father, Barun Thakur, who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi.Thakur has already moved the Supreme Court for a CBI probe, alleging that the murder was planned. Two top officials of the school have been arrested for failing to ensure security on the campus.The accused’s family had also sought a CBI probe, saying he had been coerced by the police to confess to the crime he never committed.The Gurugram police on Thursday questioned a gardener and around 15 teachers of the school, ranked among the top in the country. The gardener is said to be a key witness to the crime.”The entire investigation stands concocted, fabricated and manipulated and even the basics of the investigation are not being adhered to,” the father had said in his petition to the top court.He had also sought the establishment of an independent tribunal to look into similar cases taking place in schools across the country, and suggested that states must take action against such institutions, their directors or promoters found flouting established norms.The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the transit anticipatory bail application filed by the top management of Ryan International group.

Supreme Court issues notice on plea over safety of schoolkids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre and all state governments to a petition seeking framing of ‘non- negotiable’ child safety conditions and implementation of guidelines to protect school children from sexual abuse and murder.Taking up the petition filed by two women lawyers — Abha R Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti — a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notices and sought responses within three weeks. The court directed that the petition be tagged with the petition filed by the father of seven-year-old Pradyuman, who was killed allegedly by a bus conductor at Gurugram’s Ryan International School.In their PIL, the two lawyers have raised the issue of children “being exploited and subjected to child abuse repeatedly within the boundaries of schools”, and demanded that Central and state governments notify a set of ‘non-negotiable’ child safety conditions for schools.They have also sought implementation of existing guidelines of authorities including the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on prevention of child abuse in schools, including having a “child protection policy which should be understood, explained and signed by all employees or recruits”.The guidelines also make it mandatory for each school to have a child abuse monitoring committee with two students as representatives, and the requirement of a through police verification before employing a person in a school.

Ryan murder: Cops quiz official as to whether safety norms were followed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The northern zone group of Ryan International School Francis Thomas was remanded to three days police custody by the Sohna court on Wednesday. Thomas, who was arrested on Sunday will be taken by police to Mumbai, where the group’s headquarters is situated. Here, it will be seen as to whether action was taken on proposals he had suggested, as to the safety and security for schools, was acted upon.Thomas was arrested along with Jeyus Thomas, the head of human resources for the school.Thomas had told police officials he had sent the proposals related to security and safety, fire measures and various other measure to the schools’ Mumbai headquarters in January this year. As a result, the Gurugram police told the court that around three proposals were sent. The police also told the court that they needed to see if these proposals were enacted upon and the budget for the same was allotted for not.For this they said, they needed to scan the account details of the school management in order to see if the the safety norms were being carried out or not.Senior officers also stated that Thomas had told them that he had not put any safety proposals on hold and once he received them from the school, he had forwarded all of them to Mumbai. They added that Thomas kept insisting that he was not at fault and that the murder was an “unfortunate incident.”Until now, the Gurugram Police have recovered around 200 pages of documents including a five-page document on safety of school children, four pages on safety norms, three pages on fire safety equipment along with 39 pages on the road safety of school. A further probe will determine if the proposals were enacted upon and the money was sanctioned for the same.

Ryan school murder: Uttar Pradesh to hold monthly security audits to ensure student safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A monthly security audit of all schools in Uttar Pradesh and police verification of their staff are among the measures announced today to ensure the safety of students after the Gurugram tragedy.DGP Sulkhan Singh issued a directive to all the district police chiefs which stated that “concerned circle officers and beat personnel should do monthly security audit of schools in their area and prepare its report.”Singh also said police should coordinate with schools and district magistrates and ensure security there.The steps come after a seven-year-old boy was found with his throat slit in a Gurugram school.The DGP’s directive spelt out measures like police verification of school staff, van drivers/conductors, checking unauthorised entry in schools and deployment of security at entry and exit gates.Other measures include maintenance of a visitor register, installation of CCTVs, ban on fire arms and sharp-edged weapons in the school premises, security at washrooms and separate washrooms for students, teachers and employees.The DGP also said that identity cards should be issued to the entire staff; if any worker is called in they should also be given temporary ID cards.The education department has already issued issued a circular for police verification of staff in Lucknow schools, bus drivers, and conductors.The department has also banned use of smart phones by drivers and conductors in the capital’s schools.Schools have been asked to ensure that sharp items do not make their way into school transport, District Inspector of Schools, Mukesh Kumar said.The DIOS said that the use of smartphones by drivers and conductors of school vehicles has been banned as many times they are used to show objectionable content to children.”We have also asked schools to ensure that sharp edged items are not there is school vehicles. This will be ensured by checking both by schools and the department,” he said.The education department has also appealed to the parents to be cautious while hiring private vans for their wards.

Supreme Court to hear plea over safety of school children on September 15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on September 15 a plea filed by two women lawyers seeking implementation of existing guidelines to ensure safety and well-being of children in schools across the country.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said that it has already issued notice on a similar plea filed by the father of the child, who was brutally murdered at Gurugram’s Ryan International School.”We will tag it (writ petition) with the earlier one,” the bench said and fixed the PIL, filed by two practising apex court lawyers Abha Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti, for hearing on Friday.The lawyers, in their petition has sought implementation of various existing guidelines on safety of school-going children.They have also suggested some additional guidelines to ensure that the responsibility is fastened on the schools with regard to safety of children from the moment they get into the school bus/vehicle.Yesterday, the court had issued notice to the Centre, the Haryana police, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the CBI on a plea filed by the father of the child seeking a CBI probe into the matter.A Class 2 student of the high-profile Ryan International School in Gurugram was found dead on the morning of September 8 after his throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon allegedly by 42-year-old bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.His plea has sought setting up of a committee headed by a former apex court judge for suggesting guidelines to be framed and implemented under the observance of the top court.It has also sought a “free, fair, independent and fearless investigation including an enquiry and investigation by the CBI” under the supervision of the court.The plea also sought a direction for ensuring safety and security of family members of the deceased boy.

Ryan student death: Bombay HC grants interim protection from arrest to Ryan CEO and parents till tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group’s Chairman and Managing Director till Wednesday, in connection with the murder of a seven-year-old boy in the institution’s premises in Gurugram.School’s founding chairman, Augustine Pinto, and his wife Grace Pinto, who is the managing director of the institution, had along with their son Ryan Pinto sought anticipatory bail in the Bombay High CourtThe bail pleas were filed after two top officials of the School were arrested and the acting principal detained for questioning.The father of the 7-year-old, however, approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe, which prompted the apex court to seek responses from the Centre and Haryana.The police claimed that evidence from the scene of crime had been tampered with and said they would bring the guilty to book.Schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar, who allegedly tried to sexually assault the class II student in a toilet and slit his throat with a knife when he resisted on Friday last is already behind bars.The Haryana police has formed fourteen teams to probe the case, which has triggered massive outrage, according to officials. A special investigation team has reached Mumbai to question school CEO Pinto and director Albert Pinto,

Ensure all school staffers are verified: Child rights panel to CBSE, Edu dept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team visited the Ryan International School in Gurugram recently and strongly recommended, to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Additional Chief Secretary of the School Education Department, and CBSE Chairman, immediate implementation of certain security measures in schools.The NCPCR notice to the DCP, dated September 9, said a team from the commission found negligence on the part of the school, which created circumstances for such a brutal incident. To the CBSE Chairman and Additional Chief Secretary of the School Education Department, the NCPCR stated that verification of employees must be done before their appointment.”If not so, then immediately issue instructions for verification of school employees and contractual staffers to prevent any kind of abuse. No candidate with a criminal record, including sexual or physical violence against children, should be recruited for any post at educational institutions,” the notice read.It further directed the two officials to take action against schools that were not following the mandate and sought a reply on this within seven days.Talking to DNA, NCPCR member Priyank Kanoongo said the case proved sheer negligence on the part of school staffers. “Lack of monitoring of security and safety arrangements by the school administrations need to be worked upon. We need certain dedicated bodies that can ensure that basic necessities and security arrangements are up to date and adequate,” he said.

Shaken parents create ruckus at other branches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shaken by the death of a seven-year-old student in the premises of Ryan International School in Gurugram, a group of parents filed a police complaint against the school’s Vasant Kunj branch on Monday, citing “major” security lapses at the school.In the complaint, parents said they inspected the school campus and found major negligence regarding students’ safety and security. “A lot of security cameras are not working. Main water tank and garbage tank are often unlocked. Security guards do not have proper uniform,”the complaint read.Earlier in January, 2016, six-year-old Devansh Kakora had died at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch, after allegedly falling into an open water tank.Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed outside Ryan schools in Vasant Kunj, Noida, Greater Noida, and Faridabad, where groups of parents had started gathering around 8 am. The parents continued to create a ruckus and demanded that the principals meet them and address their concerns.Situation took a turn for the worse at Ryan’s Noida Sector- 39 branch, where parents caught hold of two contractual conductors, who were allegedly drunk. The duo, however, were released later after police gave them a clean chit.Similarly, a group of parents created chaos outside the school’s Faridabad branch, after they found a house-keeping staffer drunk. “How can we trust the school authorities with the safety of our children when there are so many security lapses here?”asked Rishi Sharma, a parent.The authorities, however, blamed parents for “unnecessarily” creating scenes to malign the name of the school. “It has become really difficult for us to convince the parents now. They are levelling false allegations against us to bring a bad name to the school,” said a principal, requesting anonymity.The Ryan management has been under immense pressure after major security lapses were revealed by the police, including non-functional CCTV cameras and non-staffers sharing toilets with students.

Ryan student death: Staff members arrested amid raging protests, father moves Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the protest turned violent over the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurugram’s Ryan International School, police on Sunday night arrested staff member of the school.Ryan International Group’s northern zone head Francis Thomas and branch (Bhondsi) coordinator were arrested last night.Class 2 boy Praduman Thakur was found with his throat slit in a school washroom on Friday last.The father of the victim, Varun Thakur has moved Supreme Court and demanded a parallel CBI enquiry as the school has severe administrative loopholes.The management of the school has decided to keep all campuses of the school in the city closed till Tuesday.Hundreds of parents on Sunday staged a protest outside the school for a CBI probe, a demand which the Haryana government was inclined to accept as a government committee reported ‘security loopholes’ in the school.The state government directed the Gurgaon Police to book the owner of Ryan International School Albert Pinto under section 75 Juvenile Justice (care and punishment act) Act 15 for punishment for cruelty to child meted out by the custodian in the charge sheet to be submitted in the court within 7 days.Ryan International School, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying it is “cooperating to our fullest” with the police investigations and hoped that the guilty would be given the severest punishment as per the law.The police said the Class II student was allegedly killed by a bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, who also tried to sexually abuse him. The accused was arrested hours after the gruesome murder and has been remanded in police custody for three days by the Gurgaon Civil Court.The acting principal has also been suspended.

Parents fret about their kids’ safety as Delhi’s schools turn fatal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once considered a safe haven for children, schools are fast turning into places parents dread sending their wards to. The latest incident involving a Gurugram school, where a minor was found with his throat slit, has brought into the spotlight the lack of safety measures and security lapses within campus boundaries.Ryan International School, where the alleged murder of a seven-year-old student took place, was riddled with serious slips including no boundary wall shielding the campus from a liquor vendor behind the school. Children have also complained of bus drivers and conductors having full access to washrooms on the campus meant for students. Another branch of the same school in Vasant Kunj was also in the news last year when six-year-old Devansh Kakora fell to his death in a water tank.This year has seen a spurt of incidents in which the negligence of educational institutions has come to fore, including students sneaking in mobile phones in classrooms, bullying of classmates, passing lewd comments and accidents. While schools charge exorbitant fees, they often fail to keep children safe as is evident from cases where some of them have even lost their lives.In August, a class IV student of GD Goenka International School, Indirapuram, Arman Sehgal died after falling in the second-floor corridor of the campus outside his classroom. A five-year-old child died in January 2016 after falling into a septic tank in a MCD-run school in Kapashera.Bullying has also become another area of concern for parents who allege that more often than not, schools try to brush it under the carpet and “coax” them to reach a compromise in order to protect the school’s image. With no check on what students are doing, minor altercations between classmates have sometimes accelerated into gun battles as happened in a Ghaziabad school in February. A class XI student smuggled in a gun on campus and hit another boy over a tiff that took place between them a few days ago. Recently, a video of students from Pathways School, Noida surfaced on social media in which a class X student could be seen slapping a fellow class mate while others were cheering him on and recording the act on their mobile phones.WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?File an FIR with the police.
Approach The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, mandated under Section 31 of the Right to Education Act, 2009 to take necessary steps as provided under Section 15 of the DCPCR. You can also approach the state-level commissions.
Seek the intervention of jurisdictional courts to direct the school to adhere to its obligations. EXPERT SPEAKWhen hiring staff such as drivers and peons, most schools do not follow the rule that requires at least two certificates from an educationist or any other respectable member of society, not related to the candidate, to certify his/her character.CCTV cameras must be installed all over the school’s premises. This must be accompanied by surveillance either by staff or the parents’ committee. A live streaming of the CCTV footage should be made available to parents.It should be mandatory for schools across the country to have a Child Protection Policy (CPP). As of now it has been adopted only by Delhi based on guidelines by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).No adult should be allowed to use the washrooms dedicated to the school’s students.—Sumit Vohra, EducationistPEOPLE SPEAKBeing a cab driver, it’s difficult to afford the expenses of a good school. After this case, I’m not sure of my children’s safety on school premises. The government should take strict action against the culprits.—Kuldeep Singh, NoidaEducation is turning into a mere business and licenses are provided without proper checks. Such incidents in high-profile schools prove that money cannot always buy good service.—Shikha Aggarwal, Patel NagarI don’t understand why my city is becoming the crime capital. Every day, hundreds of incidents are reported and hundred new issues are raised but no solutions are given by the representatives of our state.—Muhammad Danish, ShadipurAs a parent, safety is my most important concern. The school’s administration has to be strict to maintain discipline. The accused should be punished because a 7-year-old’s life deserved better.—Nahida Shah, JangpuraAs a parent, I am worried about my child’s safety. This incident clearly shows negligence on the part of the school’s authorities. Schools charge such high fees and we can’t even expect mere safety.—Priya Iqbal, GurugramPunishing the criminal is the government’s responsibility but so is making sure the crime does not repeat. I don’t want to go to work thinking that my children aren’t safe in an educational institution.—Shailendra Kataria, Jagjeet Nagar

Gurugram, Sohna lawyers won’t defend accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district bar associations of both Gurugram and Sohna have passed a resolution stating that no lawyer from any of the councils will defend the accused in the Ryan International School murder case. As per law, the accused can access free legal services from the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA).Ashok Kumar, a Ryan International School bus conductor, has been accused of murdering a seven-year-old Class II student, after trying to sexually assault him. He was produced in a local court on Saturday, where he was remanded into three-day police custody.Rahul Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary of the Gurugram District Bar Association, said: “I completely support the council’s decision. The accused himself has confessed his guilt. All other advocates of the association are also in favour of the decision that nobody from our association will fight the case for the accused.””How can someone commit such a brutal crime and harm a seven-year-old kid? We consider children to be the representatives of God. We have taken such a decision for the sake of a crime-free society. We strongly feel that the accused should be thrown out of the society,” said Sudesh Kumar Yadav, President of the Gurugram District Bar Association.He added: “We have this feeling that the police are in a hurry to solve the case as the election is close. But, we strongly urge the police to carry on a detailed investigation with total dedication and without any hurry.”

3 days on, parents wary of sending kids to school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the murder of a seven-year-old student in the premises of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, fear continued to grip parents of children studying in other branches of the school.While several parents have decided against sending their kids to school on Monday, others are thinking of personally dropping and picking them up, instead of letting them use the school vehicles.”My 8-year-old son studies in Class III at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch. We are really scared of sending him to the school after this incident. I don’t want to put my son in any danger,” said Kanishk Mehta, an engineer.Mehta, however, wasn’t sure what could be done to ensure the safety of his child. “School is considered as one of the safest places for a kid. Working parents leave their little ones there, trusting the school authorities with their safety. But after this incident, my wife and I are considering homeschooling our son,” he said.And Mehta is not alone. Several hundreds of parents are in a fix after a Class II student was found with his neck slit in a school toilet on Friday. Earlier in January, 2016, Devansh Kakora, 6, had died at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch, reportedly after falling into a water tank. “If things continue like this, we will have to think about changing our daughter’s school next year,” said Divya Sehgal, another parent.According to the principal of a Ryan school, who did not wish to be named, her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Friday night. “I’m getting calls and messages from parents, inquiring about the safety measures being taken in my school. There is palpable fear and anxiety among parents,” she said.Meanwhile, the school management has suspended the acting principal of its Gurugram branch. Parents, however, think a stricter action should have been taken against her. “A case of negligence should have been registered against the principal,” said Pramod Kamboj, father of two students at the Ryan International school in Gurugram.

Victim’s father seeks SC-monitored probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Varun Kumar Thakur, father of the seven-year-old student who was found brutally murdered with his throat slit inside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday, said that he will move the Supreme Court on Monday to seek a court-monitored CBI probe into the horrific crime.”I will also appeal for safety guidelines to be issued so that such crimes are not repeated anywhere in the country,” he said at a press conference in Delhi on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, the police booked the institution’s owner, Ryan Pinto, even as protests against the brutal murder, criminal negligence and police investigation escalated and turned violent.”The probe is being influenced by someone who does not want the truth to come out. The school owner must be arrested,” said Thakur who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi. This death should set an example for strict monitoring of schools and their responsibilities and duties, he said. Hundreds of protesters set ablaze a liquor shop near the school, prompting the police to resort to lathi charge, in which many, including journalists, were injured.Many protesters were detained by the police. The local administration announced that the school will be shut on Monday after parents called for a mass protest.Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that action under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act will also be taken against the school management. He said new guidelines for the safety of schoolchildren will be issued on Monday. “Any violation of these guidelines will follow strict action,” he said. The police had on Friday arrested a bus conductor of the school after the Class II student was spotted outside a toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died. Protesters alleged that drivers and conductors of the school often had liquor from the shop and could use toilets meant for students. Locals said the school playground that has no boundary wall opens right in front of the liquor shop. This, they said, had made the playground a den of criminals.The conductor, Ashok (42), who had been working for the school for the past eight months, first tried to sexually assault the child before mercilessly killing him when he resisted, the police had said.The area turned near the school into a police garrison on Sunday as three bus-loads of cops were brought in and the school was fortified, with politicians pouring in to exploit the tragedy and angry parents pressing for a CBI probe. Officers justified the police action, saying the mob could have gone out of control.”The case has been probed very shoddily. When we gathered here to demand justice for the family, the police thrashed us and even mediapersons,” said Subhash Kumar, a protester, who received injuries during the violent scuffle. Cameras of some journalists were also damaged.Girdhar Pathak, another local who was hurt, said, “It was when MP Pappu Yadav arrived and began listening to protesters, police officers ordered lathicharge. We were demanding cancellation of the school’s licence. Even those who got into their houses were dragged out and beaten up mercilessly.”Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited the victim’s parents. He condemned the police action in the BJP-ruled state and backed the family’s demand for a CBI probe. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala sought an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.The victim’s father said earlier that the sequence of the crime remains unclear. “There are many questions which the police needs to answer. We doubt that the conductor was alone responsible for the crime. We must get justice. This shall not be left as one of the high-profile unsolved cases,” said Thakur.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspendGirdhar Pathak, another local who was hurt, said, “It was when MP Pappu Yadav arrived and began listening to protesters, police officers ordered lathicharge. We were demanding cancellation of the school’s licence. Even those who got into their houses were dragged out and beaten up mercilessly.”Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited the victim’s parents. He condemned the police action in the BJP-ruled state and backed the family’s demand for a CBI probe. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala sought an apology from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.The victim’s father, Varun Kumar Thakur, said that the sequence of the crime remains unclear. “There are many questions which the police needs to answer. We doubt that the conductor was alone responsible for the crime. We must get justice. This shall not be left as one of the high-profile unsolved cases,” said Thakur who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi.The acting principal of the school, Neerja Batra, has already been suspended. The services of a private agency that provided security to the school have also been suspended.Even on Friday, the brutal murder had sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property, flinging furniture around and shattering glass doors. The police had to resort to lathicharge even then to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.REPORT EXPOSES SAFETY LOOPHOLESA government panel said in its report that CCTV cameras at the school were not installed at key areas, drivers and conductors used same toilets, and the boundary wall was broken. Fire extinguishers had expired and there was no police verification of the school’s employees. The Gurugram DC has written to the Director of Secondary Education for action. The Haryana government, however, said de-recognition of the school was not an option as about 1,200 students study there.

New Delhi schoolgirl rape: Magisterial inquiry ordered, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in a Shahdara school, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said .He also said that a protocol would be chalked out for all city schools to ensure the safety of students.The five-year-old was allegedly raped by a peon on the premises of the private school in Shahdara on Saturday. The accused, Vikas Kumar, was arrested last night.The incident comes close on the heels of the gruesome killing of a seven-year-old boy who had his throat slit for allegedly resisting sexual assault by a bus conductor of a Gurugram school — an incident which sent shock waves across the country.Kejriwal said such incidents won’t be tolerated.”Shameful. Won’t be tolerated. Police doing its job. Ordered magisterial enquiry. Will develop protocol 4 all schools 2 ensure children safety (sic),” he tweeted.Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot also tweeted about the incident and said that the inquiry report will be submitted in three days.”Delhi Govt orders Magisterial Enquiry headed by SDM Vivek Vihar into the rape incident of 5 year old girl of a private school in east Delhi’s Raghuwarpura near Gandhinagar.Report to be submitted by SDM within 3 days (sic),” Gahlot said.The arrested man, Vikas, had been working in the school for the last three years. Previously, he worked as a security guard there.He allegedly took the girl inside an empty classroom around noon on Saturday when he was walking in the corridors after handing over lunch boxes to teachers.The girl later complained of bleeding and pain in her private parts to her mother. She was taken to a hospital where a medical examination confirmed sexual assault.

Ghaziabad: Six-year-old run over by bus, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a seven-year-old boy was found allegedly murdered at a Gurugram school, a six-year-old girl on Saturday was killed after a school bus ran over her in Ghaziabad’s Kavi Nagar, according to news agency ANI.The girl was on her way to home after attending school when the incident happened. Negligence of the driver has been blamed for the minor’s death.A day earlier on Friday, a seven-year-old Pradyuma Thakur was found dead in a pool of blood with his throat slashed in Gurugram’s Ryan International School. It turned out that a bus conductor had murdered the child after an attempted sexual assault.Gurugram police have arrested the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar in connection to the murder. According to the police, Kumar has already confessed to the crime. Soon after the incident, parents and locals gathered outside the school campus and demanded CBI probe. They demanded that the school should be shut down and immediate action be taken against the authority. “They should be sent to jail,” they said.The acting principal was suspended over the matter and all security staff were relieved from their positions.

Ryan school murder: Incident is a warning to teachers to be more attentive, Prakash Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the sad and tragic murder of a second grade student of the Ryan International School in Bhondsi, Haryana, should serve as a warning to the academic fraternity to be more attentive and ensure that such incidents are not repeated.“The school teachers need to be more attentive, this is kind of a warning. The investigation is going on. Police has reached the accused and I believe that justice will be served soon,” said Javadekar.He also called on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to keep an eye on schools running under its supervision.Prakash Javadekar said the government has asked for a report on the incident and his ministry will take necessary steps after going through it.“Parents leave their kids in buses and leave, but there are so many students in school, we need to think about their safety as well and that’s why I have asked a team that will go when the reports come to us and what remedies could be implemented. This is not just a CBSE issue, but is the question on the children’s safety,” Javadekar said.Javadekar also said that investigation would be undertaken into how did, the conductor and the driver enter the school premises when parents are not allowed to enter.He further said that the police investigation report is yet to come.Speaking on the murder, Harayana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said, “I will be going to Gurugram tomorrow. I have my smpathies with the child’s parents. The culprit won’t be spared.”Meanwhile, the principal of the school has been suspended following the murder of the seven-year-old student, a lawyer of the victim’s parents said.The body of the class II student was found inside the toilet of the school, with his throat slit, on Friday.”Action against school management is sure. The principal of the school has been suspended,” the lawyer of the victim told media.The seven-year-old was allegedly killed by the school bus conductor, who was arrested yesterday.Hours after the incident, the Gurugram Police confirmed that the accused bus conductor tried to sexually assault the child before killing him.Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Simardeep Singh told that accused killed the boy when he tried to resist.The Ryan International School expressed grief and assured co-operation in the investigation of murder case.A statement released by the school authority stated that, “The police are investigating this matter and we have assured our full support and co-operation towards the investigation of the same. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be dealt with appropriate action. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.”

Ryan school student death: Principal suspended; school authority assures cooperation in probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal of Gurugram-based Ryan International School has been suspended following the alleged murder of seven-year-old student, said lawyer of the victim.The body of the class II student, with his throat slit, was found inside the toilet of the school on Friday.”Action against school management is sure. The principal of the school has been suspended,” the lawyer of the victim told media.The seven-year-old was allegedly killed by the school bus conductor, who was arrested on Friday late evening.Hours after the incident, the Gurugram Police confirmed that the accused bus conductor tried to sexually assault the child before killing him.Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Simardeep Singh told that accused killed the boy when he tried to resist.The Ryan International School expressed grief and assured co-operation in the investigation of murder case.A statement released by the school authority stated that, “The police are investigating this matter and we have assured our full support and co-operation towards the investigation of the same. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be dealt with appropriate action. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.”

Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old boy was brutally killed inside Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday morning by a school bus conductor who slit his throat after trying to sexually assault him, sparking widespread shock and outrage both against the horrific crime and the institution’s criminal negligence and utter security failure.The Class II student was spotted outside a toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely — with his entire throat slit and even his right ear cut into two — before he died. The police arrested the conductor, Ashok (42), a resident of village Ghamroj. A knife was also recovered from the crime scene.The brutal murder sparked angry protests by the victim’s father, other guardians and locals who shouted slogans and vandalised school property, flinging furniture around and shattering glass doors.The police had to resort to lathicharge to control the mob fury and arrested five protesters who were later let off.The bus conductor, working for the school for the past eight months, allegedly confessed to having tried to sexually assault the boy on Thursday as well. He was the one who picked up the child and took him inside a van to be taken to a hospital, the police said. The victim’s uncle, Pradeep Thakur, alleged that even drivers and conductors used toilets meant for students.”We will first complete the main investigation and check the accused’s previous crimes, if any, and then probe the school’s culpability. ,” said Simardeep, officiating Commissioner of Police, Gurugram. He added that the accused man had gone to the washroom to wash the knife and on seeing the child tried to assault him. When he resisted and screamed he slit the throat.The police also detained around a dozen people, including drivers, conductors — allegedly hired from an agency not verified by the police — and school staff members for questioning.Protests escalated as the initial FIR mentioned no responsibility of the school for the child’s murder. The FIR had been registered against unknown persons. There were angry protests even at the mortuary of the Gurugram Civil Hospital that soon moved to the office of the Police Commissioner.Two CCTV cameras are installed in the lobby where the washroom is located next to Class 1B. The child studied in Class 2A, situated on the same floor. The police took control of CCTV footage. Investigating officers said that the child went straight to the washroom and not to his class after the assembly.Father Varun Kumar Thakur said he dropped his son and daughter (11) to school at 7:55 am and left for his residence in Shyamkunj area. “When I reached home around 8:10 am, my wife Sushma informed me that she had received a call from the school that their son had been found bleeding, and that I should speak to Anju Dudeja Madam,” said the father, who works as a quality manager for a private company in Delhi.He added that after talking to the teacher, the duo left home but was soon informed to reach Badshahpur Hospital. The two were then told by the teacher to reach Artemis Hospitals. The child had been declared dead on arrival. The mother fainted and has been quiet since then. “When we send our children to school, it’s primarily their responsibility. I demand action against the person who has killed my son and also against the school authorities,” said the father.School Principal Neerja Batra said surprise checks are done but since there was an exam on Friday, students were dispersed immediately after the assembly. “He did not reach the classroom and was found outside the washroom bleeding profusely. He was breathing and was rushed to the first aid centre where we provided him oxygen and soon rushed him to Artemis Hospitals where he was declared brought dead,” said Batra.7:55 am Father drops son, daughter to school8:00 am Police receives a call from school about the murder 8:10 am He reaches home, wife informs him about a call from school that their son had been found bleedingDuo leaves for school but is told midway to reach hospital where the 7-year-old had been declared brought deadSchool bus conductor, who is also suspected to have tried to sexually assault the Class II student, arrested

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