Why did Karnataka IAS officer D.K.Ravi Kumar commit suicide, if it is true? The intriguing question is hitting everybody’s mind.
“Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, as Ravi’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan,” Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters in Bangalore.
Why did the young and energetic officer commit suicide above all? Was he driven to commit suicide so that somebody elsewhere has been saved? If so, who’s it? The reaction in Kolar and online is one of anger on sand mafia that nobody can stop, not even Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, nor Narendra Modi.
While Kolar erupted in anger and shut the city down on Tuesday, land mafia and sand mafia remain the two biggest enemies of society in India. No single officer, no law, no government can sustain on earth their pressure, let alone the Congress-ruled government that transferred the officer under mafia pressure.
Moving elsewhere in the state, Bellary witnessed similar iron-ore mafia under the then BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, until he was hounded by the CBI and put behind bars in Secunderabad. So, finally courts had to go beyond and restrain the iron-ore mafia by banning iron ore exports altogether.
Not long ago, Ashok Khemka in Congress-ruled Haryana was shunted out for revealing Priyanka Gandhi husband Robert Vadra’s land dealings. in his career, Khemka was transferred 40 times but never lost hope despite death threats after he exposed the land mafia in Haryana. Then why did another upright officer like D.K. Ravi Kumar commit suicide?
Not far from the national capital, Durga Shakti Nagpal, another IAS officer who launched a massive drive against illegal sand mining in NCR area of Delhi was also shunted out on flimsy grounds and made to bow to the mafia pressure later.
Three years ago, an IPS officer Narendra Kumar was also killed on the road by a tractor carrying stones from a quarry illegally when he tried to stop it. Another whistle-blower Satyendra Dubey, an Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer who was killed by the construction lobby in November 2003 in Gaya, Bihar after he exposed violations of quality standards in highway roads construction.
So, the choice before honest officers was two-fold — bend or bump. If you don’t bend to the mafia, you will be bumped off. While many firebrand officers bend under pressure, some resist with rewards of transfer in return. But it is rare that an officer like Ravi Kumar took the extreme step of renouncing the life altogether.
Was he driven to commit suicide? If so, who’s behind it? Why didn’t he take his wife into confidence? Or was she silenced? In the long run, it may become another story that stirred instant reaction and renunciation.
Perhaps all the state governments, all political parties, all bureaucrats and all regional mafia should sit together and find a solution. Perhaps, make sand freely accessible to everybody so that honest officers will be spared from deaths. Or, is there any other viable solution?
Readers are encouraged to give their suggestions.