Ryan murder case: CBI denies torture charges levied by father of accused

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Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Kherwal

"My son was tortured, beaten, hung upside down and his head submerged into water by CBI investigators to obtain a confession", he told reporters.

The Ryan International School student arrested for the murder of his seven-year-old schoolmate, Pradyuman Thakur, told members of the Juvenile Justice Board during counselling on Saturday that he knew the victim before the incident.

Earlier, the suspect's father had said that his son was wrongly framed but on Thursday, the latter confessed to his crime in front of his father, said reports.

"The boy has been sent to Faridabad observation home till 22nd November, which is also the date of next hearing", news agency ANI quoted arrested juvenile's lawyer, Sandeep Aneja, as saying.

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"Only one PTM had happened till now and all teachers had praised my son's performance and behaviour, I have his marksheets", he further added.

Sources said the CBI team reached the school along with the accused and remained there for over three hours before taking him to the juvenile court where a hearing was scheduled.

Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept till November 22.

The suspect who was taken into custody on Tuesday night was taken by the CBI to the shop in Sohna from where he had purchased knife allegedly used in the murder of Pradyuman, the sources said. Apart from the confessional statement, CBI claims that they have forensic evidence, CCTV footage and witnesses statement on the basis of which they have charged the juvenile of murder.

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The teenager allegedly wanted to impede the approaching exams and parent teacher meeting and hence killed the boy.

The Class XI student's arrest was made by the CBI rejecting Gurgaon police's theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar. But the sources said the agency has denied all the allegations.

They said the officer, a completely independent entity, remains present during the questioning sessions and also whenever the accused is taken to a location.

The agency is also reportedly looking at the involvement of more people in the case.

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