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Bengaluru: Mob burns public property, protests against death of IAS officer DK Ravi

Mar 19, 2015 12:09 PM IST India India
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Bengaluru: There is no end to protests over the mysterious death of Indian Administrative Services officer DK Ravi. Seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members came out on the streets in Bengaluru.

Protestors burnt effigies and had to be lathicharged by the police. Several people from the agitating crowd have been detained to control the situation.

Voices of uproar were also heard in the state Assembly leading to its adjournment till Monday. Ravi's parents had also protested outside Karnataka Vidhan Souda demanding a CBI probe into his death. They have been claiming that their son had informed them that he was under a lot of pressure.

Meanwhile, rejecting earlier reports of his transfer, IGP CID Pronab Mohanty probing Ravi's murder case, has been asked to continue supervising the investigation. He will not be relieved of his duties as IGP CID and chief investigating officer in the case as ordered earlier.

"His transfer was decided 15 days ago. Not linked to present case. It was a routine transfer. However the government has decided to retain him as chief investigating officer in DK Ravi death case," said Karnataka DGP Om Prakash on Wednesday.

The Karnataka government had transferred Mohanty inviting allegations of foul play by opposition and the media. The DGP denied reports and clarified that Mohanty will continue to supervise the death investigation.

Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda and a delegation of Karnataka MPs on Wednesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the incident. The BJP is demanding a CBI inquiry into Ravi's death.

Several IAS officers in Karnataka have also signed an online petition addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a CBI probe into the matter. The signature campaign is being undertaken by "Uttishta Bharatha", a voluntary trust, which has created the online petition in which 13.58 lakh people have so far signed, the Trust said.

Ravi, who took on the sand mafia in the district, had allegedly received threat calls before his death. While initial reports suggest it to be a case of suicide, Bengaluru Police Chief MN Reddi had said that no note had been found.

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