Ryan Murder: Witness Claims Accused Helped Teacher to Shift Body


Police arrested accused Ashok Kumar on 9 September.
Police arrested accused Ashok Kumar on 9 September.(Photo: PTI/Altered by Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

Ryan Murder: Witness Claims Accused Helped Teacher to Shift Body

An employee of the Ryan International School on 13 September claimed that he saw a teacher seeking help of the accused Ashok Kumar to shift the body of the seven-year-old Pradyumn Thakur from the site of the murder.

Pradyumn was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International School in Gurugram on 8 September.

Harpal, 25, an employee of the Ryan International School on Sohna Road in Gurugram, said he saw the Class II student lying in a pool of blood in the corridor close to the toilet's main door.

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"I went there to have water from the water cooler installed near the toilet. Some children were shouting 'please call Anju Madam'. At the same time, I saw the bus conductor coming from the main gate side. Kumar's clothes didn't have any blood stains on them," said Harpal, a gardener in the school.

Minutes later, Anju Madam arrived there and sought the bus conductor’s help to carry the child to a vehicle to shift him to a private hospital. Kumar took Pradyumn to the vehicle.
Harpal, Gardener, Ryan International School

"After seeing all this, I returned to my work," Harpal added.

Anju Juneja is the section incharge of Class II, in which Pradyumn was studying.

Subhash Garg, father of another school student, said he was present on the campus when the incident took place. Garg said he rushed along with others to the site of the crime on hearing the screams of staff members and students.

He said the bus conductor Kumar, 42, carried the child to a vehicle. Police have arrested Kumar on suspicion of him being the child's killer.

Garg and some other parents, who were in the school then, were also witness to an argument between Anju Juneja and acting-Principal of school Neerja Batra.

Other parents present in the school on the fateful day have also questioned the need to clean the blood spattered on the crime spot in a hurry – even before the arrival of police.

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