Demonstrators raise slogans during a protest outside Ryan International School, in Gurugram. PTI Photo
Demonstrators raise slogans during a protest outside Ryan International School, in Gurugram. PTI Photo

Gurgaon: Hundreds of parents, who were protesting outside the Ryan International School in Gurgaon on Sunday and demanding a CBI probe into the murder of a seven-year-old, were subjected to a mild lathi charge. The parents earned the wrath of the men in khaki after they set ablaze a liquor shop in the vicinity of the school.

The demonstrators had earlier vandalised the liquor vend and threw liquor bottles inside the school premises. The protestors have alleged that the school bus drivers and conductors were regular visitors to the liquor shop and the Ryan management was privy to this fact.

Seven-year-old Praduman Thakur was found murdered with his throat slit inside the toilet of the school on Friday, the Gurgaon Police have arrested the school bus conductor who has confessed to the crime. 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. The minister admitted that it was the responsibility of the Ryan management to ensure safety of the students on the school premises, but they failed to do the needful.

The police will file a charge sheet in the fast-track court within a week and if parents of the deceased are not satisfied with it, the state government will be ready to entrust the investigation to any other agency, including the CBI, Sharma said. He added that since there were nearly 1,200 students in the school, its license could not be cancelled.

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