Pradyuman murder case: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar released from jail

Posted November 24, 2017

"Police beat him up, hung him upside down, tortured him and even sedated him to make him confess that he killed Pradyuman", said Ashok's wife while speaking to news agency ANI.

The 42-year-old, who hailed from Ghamroj village in Sohna area of south Gurugram, was jailed on 8 September, the very day seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found murdered in the school toilet.

Additional District and Session Judge Rajni Yadav granted bail to Ashok on furnishing a Rs 50,000 bail bond.

Kumar's uncle Omprakash Chopra was summoned by CBI on Tuesday, after an audio clip, purportedly of him talking to a family member of the juvenile suspect, was circulated on messenger platforms.

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Ashok was arrested on September 8, after the body of Pradyuman Thakur, a class two student of Ryan International School in Gurugram, was found lying inside the washroom in the premises. "The police told him it's a small case and they will cover it accordingly".

The CBI's stunning revelation derailed the Haryana Police version of the gory crime which led to the arrest of the school bus conductor. Ashok, who was arrested just hours after Pradyuman was killed at the Ryan International School, had confessed to killing the boy in front of media cameras a day after the murder. His wife claimed that he was tortured by the police while he was in custody.

A local court released him on bail this week after the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was handed over the probe, said it did not have any evidence to support the theory that Kumar was involved in killing Pradyuman.

Ashok Kumar has also said that he was drugged so that the policemen could get a confession from him without his consent. His lawyeer had said that he was given benefit of doubt since there were a lot of differences between the findings of the CBI and the Haryana Police.