IAS officer D.K.Ravi Kumar, who was recently posted in Bangalore in a key position as state additional commissioner, commercial tax, was found hanging from the ceiling at his St John’s Woods Apartments in Tavarakere near Madivala-Koramangala on Monday evening. There was no death note left behind by the officer. He was aged 36.
“Ravi’s body was found in his apartment after he returned from office in the evening around 7 p.m. We are investigating to find out the cause of his death,” a police officer told IANS. the body has been sent ot post-martem and the report will throw light on the cause of the death, according to standard procedure.
The police prima facie suspect it to be a suicide but pressed dog squad and other checks to rule out foul play. He was transferred earlier when he took on sand mafia, according Raithara Sangha of Kolar, which protested his transfer to Bangalore.
Usually the family stays in St John Woods for five days and with their relatives in nagarbhavi during the weekend and after spending the weekend with the relatives, Ravi went ot his office straight from Nagarbhavi and left the office at 11 am to reach the apartment. There, he is suspected to have committed suicide but final confirmation will come after thorough investigations.
His wife Kusuma tried to call him when the lunch sent to him was not taken and rushed to the apartment and opened with a duplicate key to find him hanging from the ceiling. Bangalore Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi, officials of the commercial tax office and some political leaders rushed to Ravi’s flat.
“We are checking his mobile call records, entries in the gated community’s reception where his apartment is located and footage of the CCTV cameras located in the area to ascertain who all had visited the place,” the officer said.
Ravi, a 2009 IAS batch officer, was instrumental in cleansing the system in Kolar and was known for his honest efforts to clear encroachments, sand mafia and tax fraud. Bangalore police Commissioner M.N. Reddi said a special team led by DCP South East Rohini Katoch, who is also a medical doctor, will probe the death.(With IANS inputs)