Bengaluru IAS officer DK Ravi’s death: Protestors clash with police

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Bengaluru: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) clashed with police personnel here on Thursday during their protest march against the Karnataka Government over the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi .

Raising slogans against the state government, the protestors demanded a CBI probe into Ravi’s death.

“We are demanding CBI inquiry into DK Ravi’s case. We dont have faith in CID or COD because its comes under state government only. Actually, Karnataka State government wishes to curb this case as a suicide. All the citizens of the state and students have faith on CBI, that’s why we are demanding a CBI probe,” said a protester.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is scheduled to hold a Cabinet meet in a short while from now during which a decision is likely to be taken on whether to refer the case to the CBI.

The Karnataka Government has, however, so far rejected the demand and asserted that the CID of the state police is capable of handling the investigation in the case.

The 2009 batch IAS officer, who was deputed as the Joint Commissioner of the state’s Commercial Taxes Department, was found mysteriously hanging by a fan in the bedroom of his private apartment in South Bengaluru’s Tavarekere earlier on Monday.

Meanwhile, BJP MPs from Karnataka on Thursday protested outside Parliament, demanding a CBI probe into the death of a young IAS officer in Bangalore, and slammed the Congress government in the state over the issue.

The protest by BJP MPs was organised near the Gandhi statue before the Parliament session began in the morning. It comes a day after a delegation of BJP MPs from Karnataka, led by Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar and Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, demanding a CBI probe into the death of IAS officer D K Ravi.

Thirty-five-year-old Ravi, Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room at his flat in Bangalore on Monday, with police suspecting it to be prima facie a case of suicide.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP B S Yeddyurappa said the party will seek permission from Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to raise the issue in Lok Sabha. He asked why the Congress government of the state is “hesitating” to refer the matter to CBI when parents of Ravi have been holding demonstrations seeking a probe by the central agency. “It’s high time that the state government takes a decision and hand it over to CBI,” Yeddyurappa said.

Ananth Kumar, an MP from Bangalore, had yesterday alleged that Bangalore Commissioner of police was pre-judging the death of Ravi by announcing it as suicide.

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