Kin unhappy with probe in Ryan case

Father requests to treat it as murder

Devansh Meena’s father has requested police to treat the six-year-old student’s death in Vasant Kunj’s Ryan International School as a murder case.

Rahmat Meena has also expressed dissatisfaction over the probe so far saying it is only being looked at as a case of negligence.

Devansh, a class 1 student, was found dead in a water tank in the school last month.
Rahmat claims a conspiracy behind the death and has been demanding action against the school management.

“Devansh’s death was too suspicious and the reasons have still not been cleared by school authorities. I saw the body. There were some injury marks. The principal has been threatening me since the beginning, saying that keeping quiet will be good for me,” he said.

Rahmat feels the Delhi High Court will take the matter seriously to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future. “I have full faith that the court will deliver justice. I am not satisfied with the investigation carried out by Delhi Police so far,” Rahmat added.

On Tuesday, the court asked Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi to submit a detailed status report and post-mortem report before February 25. A Delhi government report said the school must be held responsible for Devansh’s death.

On Monday, Bassi had said here was no prima facie indication of any sexual assault. “The post-mortem report has been studied and prima facie does not indicate sexual assault. I would not be able to say more at this juncture,” Bassi had told the media.


Devansh’s mother Mamta has also welcomed the state government’s recommendation for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe. “We have been demanding a CBI probe from day one as the circumstances were too suspicious. The Delhi government’s recommendation has strengthened our hopes that we will get justice,” said Mamta.

The magisterial probe had earlier indicated towards a heinous crime. The ‘deliberate’ inaction of Ryan International School authorities that amounts to ‘gross criminal negligence’ led to the death of the child, the report produced by SDM (Vasant Vihar) Dr Sonal Swaroop has said.


Rahmat works as a radiology technician at AIIMS, while Mamta is a nurse in the hospital’s otorhinolaryngology department. The couple had met Bassi on Monday to request a fair probe.
Devansh’s death came days after a nursery student drowned in an open septic tank at a municipal corporation school in south Delhi’s Kapashera.

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