Locals on Tuesday called for a shutdown in Kolar district of Karnataka, following the death of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer DK Ravi, who took on the sand mafia.

According to this report in the Times of India,

” There were also protests in different parts of the town with protesters demanding an independent probe into the case. The protests were marked by stray incidents of stone pelting. ​ Angry protesters in Kolar district where 35-year-old D K Ravi had taken on the land mafia as deputy commissioner before being posted as joint commissioner of commercial taxes (enforcement) in Bengaluru, also blocked a national highway placing burning tyres before being chased away by police. The house of local MLA in Kolar Varthur Prakash was stoned but police rushed and dispersed the protesters, police said.”

​Exams in the state have also been postponed.

IAS officer DK Ravi, posted as Karnataka’s additional commissioner, commercial tax, was found dead in his official apartment on Monday evening, police said, adding it seemed a case of suicide.

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“Prime facie it appears to be a case of suicide, as Ravi’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan,” Police Commissioner MN Reddi told reporters in Bengaluru.

State Home Minister KJ George said however, that all angles would be looked into, to determine what caused Ravi’s death. He also described the death as a great loss to the state of Karnataka.

The 36-year-old Ravi, of the 2009 batch, was joint commissioner in the commercial tax department since November 2014 following his transfer from Kolar where he was deputy commissioner.

“Though we learnt about the death late in the evening from his family members, Ravi could have committed suicide anytime after 11 am, as he did not respond to calls since then. He was alone at home at that time,” Reddi said.

He said a three-member special investigation team headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Rohini Katoch, has been set up to investigate the case.

When Ravi’s wife learnt that he had not reached office even at lunch time and had not been taking calls since noon, she went with a few department officials to the apartment late afternoon to check if he was at home.

“As there was no response from inside, the flat was opened with a duplicate key his wife had,” Reddi said.

The officials and Ravi’s wife were shocked to see him hanging with a piece of cloth tied to the fan.

Ruling out foul play from the circumstances under which Ravi’s body was found, Reddi said a forensic science team had visited the spot and conducted a preliminary investigation for clues.

“Rohini and Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar visited the apartment to study the scene. A special team will investigate the nature and time of Ravi’s death though we have no doubt at this point of time this is a case of suicide,” Reddi reiterated.

No suicide note was found.

Police will check Ravi’s mobile records, entries in the reception office of the apartment, which is in a gated community and footage of the CCTV cameras in the vicinity to find out who all visited the place in the day earlier or recently.

State Home Minister KJ George, Energy Minister DK Shiv Kumar and ruling Congress lawmaker from Kolar district KR Ramesh Kumar and a dozen senior tax officials rushed to Ravi’s apartment for a firsthand account of his untimely death.

With inputs from IANS

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Stone pelting, huge protests in Karnataka over death of IAS officer who took on sand mafia