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Gurugram murder: Death could have been averted if school had acted responsibly, says CBSE

A two-member fact-finding committee had noted that there were not enough CCTV cameras installed in the premises.

The Central Board of Secondary Education on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Gurugram’s Ryan International School, where a Class 2 student was found murdered on September 8. The notice said the authorities at the institution had failed to carry out basic security measures and gave the school 15 days’ time to explain why its affiliation should not be revoked, PTI reported.

“The unfortunate death could have been averted had the school authorities discharged their duty with responsibility, care and sincerity,” the notice read. “From the entire sequence of events it appears that the school is guilty of gross negligence and failed to ensure safety and security of students in its schools.”

The Board sent the notice based on the submissions made by a two-member fact-finding committee. The panel had noted that there were not enough CCTV cameras installed in the school, and the ones that had been set up were not working. No separate provision of toilets for drivers, conductors and cleaners were made, it added.

“School failed to discharge its responsibility to file FIR and inform district education officer and the CBSE after knowing the incident,” the board said.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday had said the state would take over administration of the school for three months.

A sharp-edged weapon caused boy’s death

The post-mortem report of the Class 2 boy, who was found murdered inside Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 8, said injuries on his neck inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon was the cause of his death, Times Now reported on Saturday.

The boy’s trachea and food pipe were damaged in the attack, according to the report. Two wounds were found on his neck, and it was the second one that caused his death, the report added.

“Cause of death, in this case, is shock and haemorrhage following ante-mortem single edged sharp weapon injury,” Times Now quoted from the post-mortem report. “The external injury described and its consequences were sufficient to cause death in the normal course of nature.”

So far, the police have arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar for allegedly murdering the boy. Two other officials of the school have also been taken into custody.

Accused was forced to confess to the crime: Lawyer

Ashok Kumar’s lawyer has alleged that he was forced to confess to the crime by the Gurugram police and school administration. “They injected him twice and drugged him,” Mohit Verma told The Times of India. “In that state, he was made to give thumb impressions on blank papers.”

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