Ryan murder: CBI quizzes four Gurugram cops, probes 'foul play'
Ryan murder: CBI quizzes four Gurugram cops, probes 'foul play'Sanjay Yadav | TNN | Nov 14, 2017, 09:06 ISTPradhyumn Thakur. GURUGRAM: There is more trouble brewing for Gurgaon police, already under fire for allegedly botching up the probe into Ryan International School student Pradhyumn Thakur's September 8 murder.
The CBI on Monday called Gurgaon police's special investigation team (SIT) - that investigated the killing and arrested school bus conductor Ashok Kumar - "for discussion or questioning", not for negligence or callousness but because of suspicion that the botch-up was deliberate.
Two CBI teams were in the city on Monday. While one asked a Gurgaon police team deployed at the school not t o enter while it visited the campus, the other team was in the city court, where four SIT members were called. The CBI officially refused to confirm their meeting with SIT members, but sources said the SIT officials were quizzed on how they missed several obvious clues.
It may be recalled that during its 10-day-long investigation, the SIT had claimed it had carried out a systematic probe, that included repeated reviews of CCTV footage and interrogation of over 100 people. Yet, the student who is now the prime accused was deemed a key witness by them. Since the CBI identified the Class 11 student as an accused last week, it has been trying to unravel how he managed to fool Gurgaon police.
Reliable sources claimed the four SIT members CBI had called for questioning on Monday included an ACP, an inspector, a sub-inspector and a lower-rank officer. The sources added they were called to match facts of the investigation. None of these officials responded to calls when this c orrespondent tried to contact them. The SIT probe was led by DCP (south) Ashok Bakshi.
"There were many clues which a cop won't normally miss," a CBI officer said on Monday. "We're not alleging anything as yet, but we're definitely curious about how investigating officials missed or misinterpreted these," the officer added. CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said the hearing on the bail plea of Ashok Kumar is scheduled for November 16, and that they will respond to queries only after that.
Yet another procedural lapse has, meanwhile, come to the fore. In cases of heinous crimes, it's an SHO-level officer who is supposed make the entry in official records. But in the Pradhyumn murder probe, a sub-inspector was asked to do this. He also happened to be the cop who arrested Kumar. While Gurgaon police is tightlipped about this, the issue has caught CBI's attention.
A senior police officer said the commissioner has always advised an inspector-rank officer to record heinous crime, but a sub-inspector rank officer can lead a probe.
Following directives of the juvenile justice board (JJB), the CBI has asked the child welfare committee (CWC) to investigate the social activities of the juvenile murder suspect within the next 15 days.
The board has asked the CWC officer on probation to look into the juvenile's social relationships, behaviour, activities and hobbies. "We're trying to profile the accused to understand his social and mental state while he was with peers or involved in his hobbies. It will help us understand him and his motive better," said a CBI official. According to reports, the juvenile was surly and aloof at home. "The facts are yet to be verified, but the social investigation report is expected to provide evidence about his social life," said a senior police officer.
Sources said this perspective was first so ught by JJB principal magistrate Devender Singh, during last Friday's hearing. On Monday, the CBI asked CWC in writing to file the social investigation report within 15 days.
"We got the direction to file a social investigation report of the accused student within 15 days. As per direction, we have begun the probe, in which we will look into his behaviour in the school and neighbourhood, his hobbies, etc. We'll submit the report within the stipulated time," said Nisha Saini, CWC officer on probation.
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