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Gurgaon school murder: Bombay HC grants Ryan International owners protection from arrest

12 September 2017

In a gruesome incident last week, a seven-year-old student of Gurugram's Ryan International school was found murdered in the school's washroom.

They reacted by saying this application is only for transit anticipatory bail, so as to allow the applicants to approach the court with jurisdiction to consider their plea for regular anticipatory bail.

Neerja Batra, the acting principal of the school, is now hospitalised. The Haryana police have formed 14 teams to probe the case, which has triggered massive outrage.

The school management said it was cooperating with police investigations.

Earlier in the day, police arrested Ryan International School's regional head of northern India, Francis Thomas, and the HR head of the school, Jeyus Thomas, under the Juvenile Justice Act.

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The accused was held on Friday after he confessed to the crime, officials said.

The owner of the school Grace Pinto said that she is associated with Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha, but the party's women's wing president Kamaljeet Sehrawat said she does not know Pinto and is unaware of any such membership campaign.

Sisodia also called for a regressive round of police verification of all staff members working in whatever capacity within three weeks. "We share the deep pain and grief of the bereaved parents and family in this darkest hour", said the statement. "As per our investigation and evidence before us, we have found Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor is guilty in this murder", Akil said.

It is time school principals and administrators go back to being educators, rather than business professionals devoted to increasing school profits at the cost of educating children in a safe and secure environment. "The principal has assured that the school would complete the police verification process of teaching and non-teaching staff by September 18", said Savita Sawant, another parent.

The Haryana Police will now question the school's driver, gardener and few others to find if there were any accomplices in the murder.

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Following this Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has assured immediate action.

The Station House Officer (SHO) at Sadar Sohna, Inspector Arun, was also suspended on Sunday.

"When media has been covering the tragic death of a child, Haryana police should have maintained restrain instead of that they unleashed an attack on media persons", CPI leader D. Raja said.

The Bombay High Court today granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group's founding chairman and manging director till tomorrow in connection with the murder of a boy in the school's premises in Gurgaon.

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Gurgaon school murder: Bombay HC grants Ryan International owners protection from arrest