Pradyuman was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8 in a toilet of Ryan school in Gurgaon. - PTI file
New Delhi - The 16-year-old is accused of killing seven-year-old boy Pradyuman in Gurgaon's Ryan's International School.
A Class 11 student was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said.
The 16-year-old is accused of killing seven-year-old boy Pradyuman in Gurgaon's Ryan's International School.
Police had initially detained a bus conductor over the murder.
CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said the student was detained on Tuesday night after "inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning of several people" revealed that the accused student had carried a knife inside the school campus on the day of the crime and used it to kill his junior school mate.
"The weapon used in the commission of crime is a knife which was recovered initially by police in Gurugram (Haryana). It is now with us," Dayal told reporters.
Pradyuman, a Class 2 student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.
The CBI did not find any evidence against bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was the Gurgaon Police's sole accused in the gruesome killing.
The murder weapon, a knife, was found in the commode of the toilet where the killing allegedly took place, said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal.
It was the same knife seized by the Gurgaon Police, he said.
According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradyuman's throat to get the school to declare a holiday and defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.
The CBI spokesperson said the minor student was apprehended on Tuesday night at 11.30pm in accordance with the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.
"His parents were kept in the loop and all measures in accordance with the JJ Act were complied with. He remains our prime suspect."
He said the agency analysed CCTV footage, which shows the movement of people in and out of the toilet, on the basis of which it narrowed the list of suspects.
The agency has not found any evidence of sexual assault, he said. Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all the suspects in the matter, sources said. The mobile records of all the suspects were scrutinised and examined by the CBI special crime team.
Although the Class 11 student had planned a killing on September 8, the "child in conflict with law" had not identified his target, Dayal said. It was a coincidence that Pradyuman reached the toilet and became a victim of the ghastly plan hatched by the senior student, sources said. The investigation is still on.
The CBI's findings will be a major embarrassment for the Gurgaon Police, which had blamed Ashok Kumar and alleged that he was waiting in the toilet with a knife.
The police had formed 14 SIT teams.
Kumar, a resident of Ghamdoj village in Sohna, was hired by a school bus contractor around seven months before the killing.
Villagers in Ghamdoj had said Kumar had been framed and he had no previous history of being involved in any crime.
"Now that they have arrested this student, it has been proven that the doubt we had about the police investigation was right," Pradyuman's father Varun Thakur told the media.
The murder trail1-A Class 11 student who was detained by the CBI for killing Pradyuman is among the five people seen on CCTV footage near the toilet where the Class 2 boy's body was found.
2-According to the CBI, the student had planned to kill someone so that the school could declare a holiday and defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting and an examination. But he hadn't identified his target.
3-Pradyuman, who just walked into the toilet, became the target to the student.
4-The student had been interrogated several times in the past few days and he kept changing his account.
5-Some students and a teacher reportedly told the probe agency that they had seen him carrying a knife a few days before the murder. The murder weapon was found in a commode in the toilet.
6-Officials claim that before the murder, the accused had allegedly bragged to his friends that they should not bother to study as exams would be postponed. His school record showed that he was not a very good student.
7-A schoolbus conductor seen exiting the toilet just before Pradyuman on the CCTV footage was arrested hours after the murder.