Two school officials held over student's murder

Varun Thakur father of the student who was allegedly murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday

Amid protests by parents at Ryan International School in Greater Noida, questioning the tsafety of students after the murder of 7-year-old boy, the Gurugram police arrested 11 for setting a liquor shop close to the school on fire. Clearly on the back foot after the public outcry, Haryana Education Minister Rambilas Sharma on Sunday said the management of Ryan International and the owner have been booked under the Juvenile Act.

After initial investigation, a bus conductor was arrested who confessed to the crime.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and the CBSE in connection with a plea filed by the boy's father, seeking a CBI probe into the case. We request all parties concerned to refrain from holding Ryan School culpable of a crime where it is itself a victim of unfortunate circumstances.

Ryan International Group's founding chairman, Augustine Pinto (73), and his wife Grace Pinto (62) - managing director of the institution - and Ryan sought anticipatory bail from the Bombay High Court, said their counsel Niteen Pradhan.

In what is utterly shocking, CEO of Ryan Group Ryan Pinto has called justified explanations sought from the school over the tragic death of a 7-year-old "false allegations" and an attempt to "spread controversies".

Around 100 parents had gathered outside the school demanding all children below six be accompanied by a maid while visiting the washroom.

Police also accused both of tampering with evidence. 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.

While inconsolable parents of Pradyuman await justice, we at People's Court hold the Ryan Group owners in the dock and hold them exclusively accountable for the boy's murder.

In a statement here, the journalists body said it strongly condemned "the brutal assault and lathicharge on mediapersons by the Gurugram police while they were on duty covering the protest by enraged parents".

This is not the first time that one of Ryan school's branches has come under the scanner for security lapses. "But incident after incident points to laxity about the security of our kids despite the high fees in many "International" schools".

All these red flags beg the question whether the trustees, management & Principal of this school should be trusted with the running of a school at all!

Unless a very strong case is made out against them too other schools will not take this issue seriously.

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