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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Gurugram school murder: CBI files chargesheet against four cops

Chandigarh, January 8

The CBI on Friday filed a supplementary chargesheet in a special court in Panchkula against four Haryana Police personnel, including an ACP and an Inspector, for their alleged role in framing a bus conductor in the killing of a seven-year-old boy of a Gurugram private school in September 2017.

It was found later that the boy was murdered allegedly by a senior student of the same school. In a statement, the CBI said the chargesheet was submitted for criminal conspiracy read with criminal intimidation (Section 506 of the IPC), public servant disobeying direction under law (Section 167-A), public servant framing an incorrect document to cause injury (Section 167) and voluntary causing hurt to extract confession (Section 330).

A Class II student, whom the court named 'Prince' to protect his identity, was found near the toilet of the school with his throat slit on the morning of September 8, 2017, within an hour of his father leaving him at the school.

The local police had arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar and showed the recovery of a knife, claiming it to be the murder weapon. The police had claimed to have solved the case quickly by implicating the bus conductor.

The CBI, after taking up the case, debunked the police claim and found the conductor to be innocent. During the investigation, the agency questioned teachers and students, and scanned local markets, which led them to a Class XI student of the school, who the court named 'Master Bholu'.

CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said the Class XI student was apprehended on November 7, 2017. "It was revealed during the CBI investigation that the conductor earlier arrested by the Gurugram Police was not involved in the murder case. During further probe, the alleged role of four police officials came to light," he said.

According to the CBI, the Class XI student, believed to be weak in studies, allegedly slit the throat of the Class II student so that the school declared a holiday, and deferred a scheduled parent-teacher meeting and an examination. The accused is facing a murder trial. — TNS

from The Tribune

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