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The News Minute | March 17, 2015 | 6.27 pm IST The apparent suicide of IAS officer D K Ravi has triggered much debate in the state, one which is accompanied by a sense of sadness at his demise.  Within hours of the news of his death in Bengaluru, social media users in Karnataka began to express their condolences, and also spoke about their own personal experience of meeting the man. His reputation for being an upright officer who went after sand mining and land mafia in Kolar district, has led to the suspicion that he did not commit suicide. Police are investigating, and nothing can be said for certain yet. On Tuesday morning, one Facebook user put up post on his Facebook page about his daughter who was greatly admired the Deputy Commissioner of the district she lived in. Although she was only a student of Standard 7, he says his daughter Reema would learned about his work through the newspapers and admired the work he was doing. It is because of this that she wishes to be an IAS officer, he says. Read: Young IAS officer DK Ravi who exposed tax frauds and took on land mafia found dead in Bengaluru “Having seen him go about his work in the (official) car, she wished to meet him at least once… We who understand how much work he would have and discipline he would be exercise as the Deputy Commissioner, would hesitate to meet him, but he liked students… So we worked up the courage to go to his office,” the man says. (Image: Facebook.com) He then describes the bustling atmosphere of the corridors of his office during election time and how his staff made them wait for a long time before they allowed them to see him.  Read: Be an agent of change is what DK Ravi IAS told the people of Kolar “When he learned that a student was waiting to see him, he said ‘Couldn’t you have said so before?’, and we were ushered in,” he said, adding that he put them at ease by his pleasant and friendly manner, and spoke to his daughter almost as if they were his guests at home.  Read: Why an old Dalit woman in Kolar is mourning DK Ravi's death “He listened to her speak about her aspirations and gave her some advice. He said that girls must ensure that they study well. He accommodated her wish for an autograph and photographs. He tore off a page from a book and wrote ‘Reema All the Best’. The good will that his friendliness and courteous manner inspired in my daughter will remain with her throughout her life. He increased our faith in goodness,” he says. He ends his short post with â€œSince we heard of his death, there is an atmosphere of death in our minds, our house.” Besides these, there are four or five pages on Facebook with titles like “Justice for D K Ravi”, “D K Ravi IAS officer and kolar DC has no more”, "DK Ravi - IAS death is Murder and not a Suicide" and "THE GREAT TIGER of KOLAR D.K.Ravi sir". Many users have posted messages on these groups expressing condolences over his death. Post by The GREAT TIGER of KOLAR D.K.Ravi sir. Post by Sharanappa B Chalawadi. An honest man is dead Outrage on social media 4 a few days Blame game politicians deflect & duck Q's case keeps dragging No justice#DKRavi — Arthur CHRISTIAN (@ac111991) March 17, 2015 #DKRavi was immensely popular among the poor and young. He took tuition and coaching in spite of his busy schedule. pic.twitter.com/UKbXerqQ6S — Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) March 17, 2015 Authorities say #DKRavi killed himself. How come the corrupt never kill themselves? When was the last time a politician committed suicide? — lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) March 17, 2015 (Reema's name has been changed to protect privacy.) Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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