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Ryan flouted Haryana police’s safety guidelines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tragic incident at Gurugram’s Ryan International School could have been avoided, if only the school authorities had properly followed the safety guidelines laid down by the Haryana Police.According to the Haryana Police guidelines, there should be separate toilets for girls and boys, for teachers, and for support staffers. The support staffers, in particular, should not be allowed to use toilets meant for students.At the Ryan International School, however, the accused conductor, Ashok Kumar, was using the students’ toilet.”My son, who studies at the same school, told me that conductors, sweepers, and drivers were using the same toilet as students. How can the school authorities allow this to happen?” a parent, Mahesh Rawat, rued.The guidelines further stated: “The access for bus drivers and conductors, whether employed by the school or hired on a contract, must be limited to just the bus area. Toilets should be provided in that area to avoid entry of staffers in the school premises.”Parents and locals, however, claimed that no such arrangement was there in the school and these people were regularly spotted roaming in the campus.The guidelines also make it mandatory to install CCTV cameras in all critical areas of the premises, including entrances to toilets, and to assign a vigilant officer to keep a check on all security arrangements.Confirming these major security breaches at Ryan, Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said: “There is no separate toilet for support staffers in the school. Even though there are CCTV cameras, they are not adequately installed,” he said, adding that police have no details about any vigil officer being appointed by the school, as of now.Besides, the school violated other norms as well, such as the one that states the walls around a school must be high enough to prevent any scaling. Ryan, in fact, has no boundary wall on its back side. The 300-metre stretch has been unguarded for the last two years, locals said.Close to this broken wall is an operational liquor shop, though sale of liquor within 150 m of the main gate of schools and colleges is prohibited. This shop was set ablaze by agitating parents on Sunday.

Legal and HR heads of Ryan International School arrested for attempting to ‘destroy evidence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Gurgaon police, which arrested two top functionaries of Ryan International School in connection with the brutal murder of a 7-year-old child in the school premises, said that there was an attempt to destroy evidence in the case.The police arrested Francis Thomas, legal head and Jeyus Thomas, HR Head of the Ryan International School group, who were produced in a Sohna court which remanded them to two days in police custody.Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case believes that evidence in the case was tampered with.”The SIT said in the Sohna court that destruction of evidence was found to have been done. Attempt was made to wash away the blood stains from the spot where the child was found murdered. The blood on his water bottle and bag was also found rubbed. Some other pieces of evidence were also tampered with,” Khirwar said.We will add appropriate sections against the school management or other staff, whoever is found to be involved, at the time of submission of the charge sheet, Khirwar said.”A team was sent to Mumbai to the Ryan headquarters for questioning the top officials including the head and directors so that we can look at their roles and responsibility regarding the school in Gurgaon, he said.Asked about the post-mortem findings, he said that these details could not shared at the moment.”Some other security lapses also emerged. We have already taken action under the Juvenile Justice Act against the school and arrested their two top officers and are interrogating other staff members including suspended Principal Neerja Batra,” Khirwar added.More arrests will be carried out as per the evidence that emerges, he said. The police teams will again question the bus driver and school gardener, he added.Haryana Police Additional Directorate General of Police Law and Order, Mohammad Akil has also visited the scene of the crime.We will not spare any person found involved, irrespective of his or her position, he said.”We will add Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other sections on the basis of SIT report.As per our investigation and evidence before us, we have found Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor is guilty in this murder,” Akil said.The police also added section 34 (common intention) of the IPC in the murder case against the two officers of school, officials said.The prosecution counsels demanded the addition of section 201 of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender). The police told the court that the school authorities tampered with the evidence at the crime spot.Meanwhile, there were also allegations that the school management had not carried out a proper verification of the conductor and his Aadhaar card was obtained from his house in Ghamroj village hours after the crime to maintain records.Amir Chand, the father of accused alleged that his son was a soft target and hence the school was framing him.”Why did the school take his Aadhaar card six hours after the crime?” Chand asked.

Ryan school murder: Charge sheet within 7 days; panel to probe if school violated security norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today promised to conclude investigations and file a charge sheet within seven days in the gruesome murder of a seven-year-old in a Gurgaon school on Friday, an incident that sent shockwaves across the country.The district authorities also formed a three-member panel to find out if Ryan International School, Bhondsi, had followed security norms. The Manohar Lal Khattar led Haryana government, meanwhile, ordered a security review of schools across the state.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also formed a two-member fact finding committee to probe the incident and sought a report from the school within two days.
ALSO READ ‘Strictest action’ against guilty, says Haryana Chief Minister; Ryan student’s family demands CBI probe: 10 updatesGurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar claimed that arrested schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar’s involvement as the perpetrator of the heinous crime had come to the fore clearly.Kumar was inside the toilet, waiting for any student to come inside with the motive of sexual assault. The deceased was the first student who entered the toilet, the Gurgaon police commissioner said.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: Incident is a warning to teachers to be more attentive, Prakash JavadekarHe said the child resisted Kumar’s assault following which the bus conductor murdered him. The child’s throat was slit.”Kumar said he was terrified and had to kill the minor so that he does not disclose the crime to the school management.
ALSO READ Ryan school student death: Principal suspended amid protests, accused sent to 3 day police remandHe left the knife in the washroom and washed his hands before escaping from there. He pre-planned the crime,” Khirwar told PTI.He said the police will conclude investigations and file a charge sheet within seven days.We will demand the constitution of a special court for a fast track trial in this case so that the accused can be given a strict punishment, Khirwar said.”Kumar’s clothes and knife, which he used in the crime, have been sent for forensic examination. During his three day police remand, we will re-examine the sequence of crime and probe every detail,” the officer said.Earlier in the day a local court remanded Kumar to three days in police custody.Khirwar assured that a thorough and professional probe will be carried out.The accused spoke to some TV channels and on being asked whether he had committed the crime responded in the affirmative.”I had lost my mind,” he said when asked about the motive. Asked about the knife, he said it was already there in the school bus and he had come to wash it.The grief-stricken family of the child was however said they were not satisfied and sought a CBI probe.Speaking to mediapersons, the deceased’s mother alleged that the school had informed them that the child had fallen after fainting as she demanded a CBI probe.Angry family members staged a protest for over two hours outside the school premises demanding a CBI probe. They demanded that the school management be booked.At a press conference, Commissioner Khirwar said that a three member panel comprising the district education officer, block education officer and an officer of the women and child department had been formed to probe any negligence or security lapses by the school management.The panel will submit its report Monday and on its basis suitable action will be taken, he said.Khirwar said that the registration of the security agency hired by the school management had been annulled.The acting principal of Ryan International School was suspended and all the security staff removed.”The Ryan International School management has suspended acting principal Neerja Batra and removed all the security staff,” District Public Relation Officer R S Sangwan said.After the post-mortem, the boy’s body was handed over to his family and his last rites was performed at the cremation ground in Bhondsi where hundreds had gathered.They raised slogans against Gurgaon MLA, Umesh Aggarwal, Sohna MLA, Tejpal, and Haryana PWD minister, Rao Narbir Singh, who had come to express condolences.The boy’s father, who works as a quality manager with a private firm in Gurgaon, accused the school administration of negligence.According to forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem, said “The deceased had two cuts on his neck.His throat was almost completely slit. Hemorrhage and excessive blood loss caused the death”.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar condemned the crime terming the incident as “heinous and unfortunate.” Those guilty will not be spared, he said adding that the concerned authorities were asked to file a challan within seven days.”We will appeal to the court to give harsh punishment to the accused as early as possible,” he said.Patting the district administration for “acting swiftly”, he said that the school bus conductor had been arrested.Khattar said that a security review of schools across the state would be conducted.HRD minister Prakash Javadekar also termed the incident as “unfortunate” and assured that justice would be done.Several protests over the murder were held all over the city and traffic was disrupted in many parts. Part of busy Delhi-Jaipur highway, Alwar-Sohna road and a few arterial roads were blocked.Ryan International School issued a statement saying that “Following the tragic incident at our school yesterday, the school authorities have seriously taken up the review of the security measures at the school. All necessary improvements and measures are being audited and reinforced with the help of experts.”We are also seeking advice from the Police department to guide us in this regard, it said.”While, we are all in great shock and grief at the loss of life of our beloved student, we are taking these steps simultaneously to ensure vigorous safety measures in place for all our students and staff. We are closely working with the investigating authorities so that we could be guided further with their expertise,” the school statement said.The accused, Kumar, is a resident of Ghamdoj village in Sohna and was hired by school bus contractor around seven months ago, the police said.Villagers in Ghamdoj alleged Kumar had been framed and said he had no previous history of being involved in any crime.The CBSE said that it had formed a fact finding committee to look into the incident.”V Arun Kumar, principal of Govt Senior Secondary School in Preet Vihar and Kailash Chand, Deputy Commissioner at KVS, have been appointed as the panel members. The panel will have to visit the school within 30 days and submit a report no later than October 16,” an official added.

Manesar gang rape: Gurugram police arrest two accused, another absconding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major development in the Manesar gangrape case, the Gurugram police on Wednesday arrested the accused who has admitted to the crime. Speaking to ANI here, Gurugram Police Commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar said, “We have arrested one person and he has admitted to the crime to the sarpanch of Bas Kusla village in Manesar.” “The crime teams used every resource to get information and a very sustained investigation was carried out. This has become possible because of the intelligence inputs. The other two have also been identified and will be apprehended soon,” he added.Meanwhile, another accused in the Manesar gang rape case was arrested ACP Manish Sehgal was quoted saying by ANI.Sketches of the three men who allegedly gang-raped the woman were released by the police on Tuesday. It may be recalled that the woman’s nine-month-old daughter was thrown out of the auto rickshaw, leading to her death last week.According to the 22-year-old woman, she was going to her parents’ house in Khandsa village around midnight on 29 May with her daughter after having an argument with her husband.She boarded an auto rickshaw in which the three accused were already sitting.She told the police that the accused started molesting her as soon as she sat in the vehicle.When the woman started shouting, the infant began crying. The three men threw the girl child out of the auto rickshaw and took turns to rape her.The woman had filed a complaint of gang-rape and murder with the Manesar police station.

Former Delhi BJP MLA Vijay Jolly booked for rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Delhi BJP MLA Vijay Jolly has been booked in a case of rape after a woman alleged that he drugged and assaulted her, police said on Wednesday.The former Saket legislator was booked under sections 376 (Rape), 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison, etc) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC after the Delhi-based woman filed a complaint at a women’s police station here on February 21.The woman has alleged in her complaint that Jolly spiked her drink before sexually assaulting her at Gurgram’s Aapno Ghar Resort on February 10.Jolly, an MLA from 2003 to 2008, said he filed a police complaint against the woman, who he alleged was blackmailing and extorting him, on February 17. He said that the allegations were fabricated, meant to defame him and tarnish his political image.Jolly said the woman was a member of the BJP’s women’s wing and had met him alone at the resort on February 10. There she tried to extort a sum of Rs 5 lakh from him and threatened to file a rape case if he did not comply, he said.An FIR under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and other relevant sections had been lodged against the woman at Khidki Daula Police Station on the basis of Jolly’s complaint, a senior police officer said. “When the woman and her husband came to know that I had filed a complaint against her for threatening and extorting me, she to divert police investigation and action against her, filed fabricated allegations against me,” he alleged.Gurugram Police Commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar said, “We are investigating the cases and are thoroughly examining the FIRs and allegations made by Vijay Jolly and the woman.”

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