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Year After Student's Death at Ryan International School, No Chargesheet Filed

New Delhi: Six-year-old Devansh drowned inside a water tank at Delhi’s Ryan International School on January 30, 2016. More than a year after losing their son, his Devansh’s parents are waiting for justice.

Devansh’s parents say the police have not yet filed a chargesheet in the case and are planning to approach the High Court again, seeking the transfer of the case to the CBI.

Talking to CNN-News 18, Devansh’s father Ramhet Meena said, “There is no development in the case. We have been visiting the police station almost every week, talking to the investigating officer but they have not filed the chargesheet yet. The investigating officer keeps saying they have served a notice to the school about the negligence but have not got any reply. The notice was served six months ago and the police are still waiting for the reply. I have mailed to the senior cops as well, but there is no reply from them.”

On January 30 last year, Devansh went missing shortly after participating in a poetry competition. His was later found by the school electrician inside the water tank and was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead. The hospital authorities had made a PCR call following which an FIR was registered. The school principal and four others were arrested and later released on bail. The Delhi government had also initiated a probe into the matter. They had submitted the report within a week.

A year on, the family is piecing its life together. Devansh’s parents were blessed with a baby boy on December 25, 2016. They have named the child Dev.

“We believe Devansh has come back to us in the form of our new child. Dev looks very much like his elder brother,” said his father. They have changed their address now as their old home used to remind them of Devansh.

Three months after Devansh’s death, the couple had approached the High Court asking for the case to be transferred to the CBI. At the time, the High Court had summoned the then DCP of the district. The DCP had appeared before the court and assured all help, said Devansh’s father. But even after six months of the promise, nothing has been done, complains Ramhet Meena.

According to a senior police officer: “The court was happy with our investigation. We had arrested five people in the case and had also conducted the CFSL. The scientific evidence were also collected.” Though police admit that a chargesheet has not yet been filed, they assure it is almost complete and they will file it in the coming weeks.