My daughter asked me, ‘Will Pradyuman never come back?’ : Classmates Are Unable To Forget The Incident

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8-year-old boy Pradyuman’s murder sent a wave of fear and shock among the whole country. The way and the situations in which he was killed by the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar made everyone horrified.

The little child, Pradyuman was seen in the CCTV footage as crawling out of the toilet and bleeding with his throat slit twice. Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor of Ryan International School who has been arrested by the police on suspicion of being the child’s killer.

Now the After Murder story of Pradyuman has come ahead as the parents of his classmates shared some chilling details with the Quint their children told them.

(In order to protect the identities, the names of the school kids have been changed )

Dhruv’s father revealed that his son is devastated and traumatized after seeing his fellow mate in a pool of blood. He added Dhruv can’t take Pradyuman’s picture out of his head and is struggling to forget everything that he witnessed on the day of the murder.

“Two days ago my son told me that while taking shower, he saw Pradyuman’s face. My son told me that a school maid ordered him to clean blood from Pradyuman’s water bottle. He took it to another toilet (not the crime scene) and washed it with tap water.

My son said he wants to carry two water bottles if at all he is sent to Ryan International School again because he doesn’t want to have to go and refill it at the cooler.

He’s also adamant that he’ll not enter that toilet again.”

– Dhruv’s father


Another student, Shriti, who pulled out Pradyuman’s diary after the incident is deeply affected.

“My daughter was asked by a school maid to pull out a diary from Pradyumn’s blood-stained bag. While pulling out the diary, she got blood on her hand. She panicked. She says she can’t forget the sight of it.

My daughter asked me, ‘Pradyuman was my friend, will he never come back?’ I have no answer for her, I can only try to comfort her and help her through this trauma.

Till date, the school has not issued ID cards to Class 2 students. That’s why my daughter was asked to pull out Pradyuman’s diary to find his father’s phone number.”

– Shriti’s father

A very close friend of Pradyuman’s, Neeraj, is troubled after the incident. He naturally has not been able to forget the sight of his friend’s blood-stained bag. He has grown quiet since the day he learned that his friend is no more.

“What was the need to bring the blood-stained bag inside the classroom? My son was horrified and is unable to forget it.

When he asked teachers about Pradyumn, they said he was just slightly injured and had been taken to the medical room.

My son wants me around him all the time. He sometimes cries and insists on knowing more about Pradyuman’s murder.”

– Neeraj’s mother


Now after the horrifying incident, many of the children’s parents have decided to take care of their kids themselves even inside the school campus so that it doesn’t repeat again.

“We have decided that after school re-opens, parents will take turns to be present inside the class from morning till classes finish. We can’t trust the school anymore.”

– Dhruv’s father

It has been revealed that despite taking high fees, the school has not provided the ID cards & proper security to students. The school canteen is also at an isolated spot.

“We paid fees which are beyond our financial capacity with the hope that our children would get the best education.

Although we don’t want to keep our children in Ryan school, now we can’t even afford to get them admitted somewhere else.

We will send our children to school only when we are convinced that they are safe.”

– Dhruv’s father

And for the same reason, most of them are convinced to find a better school than Ryan International for their kids.

“My child will sit at home till we find him another school.

I cannot send my child to Ryan school.

Earlier, my child used to be happy to go school, but not anymore.”

– Neeraj’s mother

This is the saddest thing we have come know in the recent times. A childhood is the best part of a human’s life and this is the childhood these kids are getting, what should we expect they will have to face when they grow up.

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