The murder of Ryan International School student, Pradyuman Thakur, which had shocked the entire country, is witnessing a stunning developmentThe CBI on Wednesday (8th Nov) detained a Class XI student of the same school in connection with the crime.

The police had earlier arrested the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, and held him responsible for the crime. But the CBI later declared Kumar as innocent.

CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said that the detained student was academically weak and “wanted to have an examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed”. Pradyuman was a “random target”

It was proved that the child died due to excessive bleeding. There was no sexual assault on the minor and no semen marks were found on his school dress.

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According to sources in the CBI quoted by IANS, the class XI student was seen with a knife inside the school campus on the day Pradyuman was killed.

The class XI student was interrogated on the basis of CCTV footage, which showed him coming out of the school bathroom where Pradyuman’s body was found.

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CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said that the detained student was academically weak and “wanted to have an examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed”. Pradyuman was a “random target”, he added.

Sources said he was more interested in extra-curricular activities and was good at music.

According to Zee News, the CBI further said that the 16-year-old student later flushed the knife in the washroom.

The detained boy’s father, meanwhile, has claimed that his son is being framed. He said that the CBI told him that his son wanted to skip exams and hence committed the crime. “My son is innocent and is being harassed. He was forced to sign the confession,” he told PTI.

The CBI on Thursday began interrogating the detained boy, NDTV reported.

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