Problems mount for Haryana police, bus conductor will file a case against them

New Delhi, Nov 10: After a 16-year-old student of Ryan International School was apprehended by the CBI in connection with the murder of Pradyumn Thakur, the family of the bus conductor announced their decision to file a case against the police officers who "framed" him.

"Now, it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime," said Ashok's father Amirchand.

He said the family was seeking financial help from the villagers in filing the case.

"Villagers are with us and they all want us to demand justice for Ashok and action against irresponsible police officials," he said.

In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Thursday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradyumn Thakur, rejecting the Gurugram police's theory that the killing was the handiwork of Ashok Kumar.

The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.

Opposition party also attacked the BJP government and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over the "shoddy" police probe.

Ajay Yadav, a minister in erstwhile Hooda government, demanded a thorough inquiry against three DCPs and the members of the SIT who made the "poor conductor" a scapegoat.

Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar said it was an overall "failure" of the Khattar government.
Seven-year-old Pradyumn Thakur was murdered on 8 September and the case was with the Gurugram police for 13 days before being taken over by the CBI.

The Gurugram Police arrested Ashok in a hurry and even Khattar congratulated the team for cracking the case the same day.

Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khairwar declared in a press meet on 10 September that Ashok was the killer and that he had tried to sexually assault Pradyumn.

Khairwar also said during the investigation that the chargesheet would be filed within 7 days of the murder.

"The case was taken over by the CBI before we concluded our investigation and came on final decision. We had arrested Ashok on the basis factual evidence," Khairwar said.

PTI