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The News Minute | March 22, 2015 | 11:30 am IST Hundreds of protestors including men, women and children took part in a protest march on Sunday demanding justice for the late Karnataka IAS officer DK Ravi. People taking part in the protest are marching from the City Railway station towards Freedom Park in Gandhi Nagar. Slogans such as "Justice delayed is justice denied" filled the air in the march as protesters demanded that the state government hand over the case to the CBI. "Nirbhaya is India's Daughter and DK Ravi is India's son" read one of the banners carried by protesters taking part in the march, where the common sentiment seemed to be one of "stop the character assassination of DK Ravi."  Suresh, a techie who has taken part in the march, says he does not want the late IAS officer to be defamed "I personally believe that his death could be related to his work and that a third party like CBI can carry out a bias-free investigation into the case," he says. Suresh also speaks about "a main television news channel" which linked Ravi to an actor, expressing how amazed he was when he heard of such a rumour. But what if it is found Ravi's death was due to personal reasons and not due to his rocky relationship with builders and the mafia? "It is perfectly understandable, but we have to wait for the investigation to conclude the reasons. It will however not change my views about him. He was an honest officer, and he deserves better than what we have given him. Besides, all the rumours surrounding him at present are baseless," Suresh says.  #Justice4DKRavi Inching their way to Freedom park. Slogans: #DKRavi Amar rahe. Hang the Culprits, we want Justice — Suresh En (@surnell) March 22, 2015 An entrepreneur, Rashmi took part in the protest along with friends and family. She feels as a responsible citizen it is our duty to raise our voice, however small it may be, against injustice. "We need to take the issue personally. For all you know it could have been one of us instead of Ravi," she says. "We attained freedom through protests, and together we can bring change. We also need to give a positive message to future IAS aspirants," she adds. When news of DK Ravi's death first hit headlines, Jineesh, an IT employee had no idea who the man was. "I later came to know that he had a reputation of being an honest officer and we should respect him for whatever good work he has done," Jineesh says. His body is dead, pls don't kill his soul. Pls stop the character assassination.#Justice4DKRavi — Jineesh ജിനീഷ്‌ (@jineesh_blr) March 22, 2015 Whether Ravi's death is a case of murder or suicide, Jineesh feels, only a proper investigation can reveal the truth.  "There's no point in defaming him. We should wait for the enquiry. We will accept whatever the truth is," he says. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute Read: DK Ravi, Mahantesh: Govt officers, murky deaths and disturbing patterns Read: The angle of DK Ravi's one-sided love affair: Will anyone buy it?
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