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Posted at: Nov 14, 2017, 3:37 PM; last updated: Nov 14, 2017, 8:56 PM (IST)

Haryana minister told us not to demand CBI probe: Pradyuman's father

Haryana minister told us not to demand CBI probe: Pradyuman's father
Pradyuman. File photo

Gurugram, November 14

A day before Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Central Bureau of Investigation would probe the murder of a Class 2 student, Haryana Cabinet Minister Rao Narbir Singh told the family not to demand a CBI probe, the boy's father said on Tuesday.

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On September 14, Narbir Singh visited the house of 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, who was murdered in the Ryan International School on September 8, and spoke strongly against a probe by the agency, father Barun Chandra Thakur said.

The father said that the PWD, Forest and Civil Aviation Minister reached their house in Maruti Kunj on Sohna Road and told him not to demand an investigation by the CBI into the murder.

"CBI is just a big name and nothing more. The agency already has lots of workload and it will not be able to probe the case even in a year or more. Haryana Police is a better agency than CBI and it will deliver its report within a stipulated time," Barun Thakur quoted the minister as saying.

"When we said that we want the CBI to investigate the case, the minister argued: 'What if the CBI’s investigations also pointed to the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar’s hand in the killing'," Thakur said.

Thakur said the minister was accompanied by a man not known to him.

"Before that, the minister was present during the cremation of Pradhyuman on September 9 and he again visited us on September 10 to pay his condolences but could not meet me," he added.

The minister was not available for his comments on Thakur's claim despite several efforts to reach him. His personnel secretary Laxinarayan said: "The minister is in Chandigarh. It is not possible to have a word with him". BJP leaders in Haryana are a divided lot after the CBI declared that the murderer of the Class 2 student was a senior schoolmate and not the bus conductor as alleged by Haryana Police.

The investigation into Pradyuman Thakur's gory killing took a dramatic twist on November 8 when the CBI arrested the Class 11 student, also of Ryan International School, and charged him with murdering the young boy in the school washroom.

Narbir Singh came in support of the Haryana Police and called the arrest of the Ryan student by the CBI "unjustified".

"I am not able to digest the outcome of the investigation carried out by the CBI. The Haryana Police probe was more acceptable," the BJP MLA from Badhshahpur constituency of Gurugram had said.

But Rao Inderjit Singh, a central government minister and an MP from Gurugram, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij and BJP MLA from Gurugram Umesh Aggarwal backed the CBI. — IANS


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