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Karnataka IAS officer death: Kolar didn’t want to let him go

D.K. Ravi and his wife Kusuma having a meal at a Dalit’s home last year. File photo

D.K. Ravi and his wife Kusuma having a meal at a Dalit’s home last year. File photo  

It’s not often that people launch a protest to prevent an IAS officer from being transferred out of their district, but D.K. Ravi, during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner in Kolar, had won so many hearts that the people of Kolar came out on the streets to protest his transfer in November 2014.

A committee was formed to organise public opinion against the transfer. Thousands stormed the Deputy Commissioner’s office on November 5 demanding that Mr. Ravi continue at least for some time so that he could complete the good works that he had taken up in public interest.

Though he worked for just over one year in the district, he became popular for cracking down on the sand mafia and evicting encroached government lands and tanks much to the dislike of politicians.

He set an example by partaking food in the house of a Dalit woman on Gandhi Jayanti last year to mark his protest against untouchability. He had organised classes to train candidates for competitive examinations and taken some classes himself.

K.N. Tyagaraj, who participated in the stir against Mr. Ravi’s transfer, told The Hindu, “The government should thoroughly investigate his death and bring out the truth behind his untimely demise.”



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