Ryan school murder: Police say authorities tried to remove evidence, wipe off blood from floor, walls

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Gurgaon, Sep 12: During the hearing of the murder of class 2 student of Ryan International School, the police told the Sohna court on Monday that the school authorities tampered with the evidence at the crime spot by wiping off blood from floor and walls.

Two top officials of Ryan Group of Institutions, who were arrested on Sunday, were remanded to two-day police custody for further questioning in the murder of the eight-year-old allegedly by a bus conductor of the group’s school at Bhondsi in Gurgaon on Friday.

Francis Thomas, regional head of the group, and HR head Jayesh Thomas were arrested on Sunday night and booked under section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act. Section 75 of the JJ Act deals with cruelty and crime against children under custody of someone andinvites punishment of 5-10 years.

Police produced them at the Sohna court on Monday and demanded three-day remand but the court granted two-day custody. The police also added section 34 (common intention) of the IPC in the murder case. Prosecution counsels demanded addition of section 201 of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender).

Francis was also booked in connection with drowning of a boy in a water tank at Ryan International School in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area. Six-year-old Devansh Meena went missing on January 30, 2016, and his body was recovered the same day from a water tank in the school.

Delhi police had made Francis the first accused as he was responsible for administration and civil work inside the school premises.

Police had on Friday night arrested the accused, Ashok Kumar, a 42-year-old bus conductor for the murder. He would be produced in court on Tuesday after his three-day remand ends.

Apprehending immediate arrest in the case, Ryan International School’s CEO Ryan Pinto and his parents, Grace and Augustine, who are its founders, moved the Bombay high court on Monday seeking transit anticipatory bail.

Also, Gurgaon deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh submitted a report on Monday by three-member committee to inquire into safety and security measures at the school.

Source Hindustan Times