- Arrests after serious security lapses were found at the school
- School closed till Tuesday, re-opens for Classes 6 to 12 on Wednesday
- Investigation team found school didn’t do background checks of staff
The principal and a few teachers of Ryan International School in Gurgaon where a seven-year-old boy was found murdered on Friday has been arrested after the investigation team found serious security lapses at the school. Other teachers too are being questioned by the police.
The school will remain closed at least until tomorrow. Ryan International School management informed the parents that it will be closed for another two days “to express our solidarity with the parents and family of the child.”
The notification said junior and nursery school sections will remain closed until further notice. Classes 6 to 12, however, will reopen on Wednesday for exams.
The body of the 7-year-old, a student of Class 2, was found inside the school’s toilet on Friday an hour after his father had dropped him off. His throat had been slit. The police have arrested the conductor of his school bus, Ashok. They say he had tried to sexually assault the boy and killed him when he resisted.
A report by a three-member Special Investigation Team has pointed out several serious security lapses at the school. The investigation team said many of the CCTV cameras installed in the school campus were not working. The team also found there separate toilets were not provided for school bus conductors and drivers.
Another worrying detail from the report is that the school hired staff without proper background checks and police verification.
Parents and locals continued to protest outside the school on Sunday. Protesters set a nearby liquor shop on fire, prompting the police to use lathis or batons to control the mob.
The family of the boy has demanded that the investigation be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI. Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the BJP government in the state is not against the idea of a CBI probe.
The school management said it is “cooperating to our fullest” with the police investigations and hoped that the guilty would be given the severest punishment as per the law.
In a statement, Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Schools Group, said the school should not be held “culpable of a crime where it is itself a victim of unfortunate circumstances.”