In another twist to the Ryan International murder case, the juvenile who was accused of murdering Class II student Pradyuman Thakur has retracted the confession he had made before investigators, say media reports.
On Monday, the accused told CBI officials and a legal-cum-probation officer appointed by the Juvenile Justice Board that the investigators had forced him to confess, according to Hindustan Times. He added that the investigators had beaten him and recorded the confession in their own words.
“CBI officials threatened me that if I don’ confess to murdering Pradyuman, they will kill my brother. I love my brother…I can’t see him dying,” the accused juvenile reportedly told Gurugram’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer (CPWO) Reenu Saini.
The accused made this submission before Saini after the officer met him in seclusion to know his version of what happened on September 8 – the day when Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside his school washroom.
“They tortured and threatened me to admit that I killed Pradyuman,” he added.
The CPWO has recorded the statement which will be presented before the Principal Magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board.
The accused Class 11 student’s version of the crime is contrary to the CBI’s theory that he murdered Pradyuman inside the school washroom, possibly with the help of one of his close friends.