In yet another twist to the sensational Ryan International murder case, the Class XI Commerce student accused of the murder has retracted his statement.
The development came to light when CBI officials went to record his statement. He stated that he was forced to confess to the crime by CBI officials.
After the Juvenile Justice Board sent the suspect to an observation home in Faridabad on Saturday, the father accused the CBI of torturing his son to confess to the gruesome murder of Pradyuman Thakur on September 8.
The father said, “My son is being framed. He was the one who informed everyone of the murder. He raised the alarm when he saw a boy vomiting blood in the washroom. The CBI in a raid took away his laptop, hard disc, mobile phone and clothes, along with his school bag, for investigation.”
He added, “My son was a key witness in the case — and now he has been made the main accused. Whenever the CBI called us we went — not realising that they would frame my son.”
The CBI officials, however, denied the charges levelled by the father.
The boy, after retracting, gave a different sequence of events of the fateful day.
He said September 8 was like any other day for him. He got ready early since it was his grandmother’s shraadh. After entering school, he was asked to wait near the water cooler by his friend. But when the friend did not show up, he went alone to offer his condolences to his music teacher, who had lost her father. However, the room was locked.
He returned to the same spot, but could not find his friend there. He then went to the washroom and found Pradyuman lying in a pool of blood. He immediately rushed out and called out the gardener and teachers for help.
The new statement from the accused will act as a stumbling block in the CBI-led investigation, which seems to be turning more and more baffling with time.