Bengaluru, March 15: It has been a year since IAS officer DK Ravi left this world. His untimely and shocking death turned into a mystery and led to a debate whether it was a suicide case or a pre-planned murder.
Moreover, it was highly politicised by our politicians to gain the political mileage out of the sensitive matter and media also did not leave any stone unturned in making it into a sensational piece of news.
On March 16, 2015, 35-year-old DK Ravi, who was known as an honest IAS officer and was regarded as a real hero and an inspiration to masses, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room, inside his apartment in Bengaluru.
DK Ravi: A forgotten hero?
The news of his death spread like a wildfire, leading to massive protests, blocking of roads and complete shutdown of schools and shops, by his huge followers-from Bengaluru to Kolar.
To demand justice for his death and to pay tributes, various organisations held candle march for him and dedicated special pages for him on social media site Facebook.
A month after his death, various theories started coming to the fore, that he committed suicide due to a personal reason.
Family remembers their deceased son
On Sunday, March 13, his native village, Doddakoppalu of Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district, organised his death anniversary rituals.
After Ravi's death, a number of politicians made a beeline to meet and pay condolences of his death to his poor parents and with tall promises of assuring justice for their deceased son and also to provide them financial assistance.
But a year after his death, Ravi's inconsolable mother Gowramma had to mortgage her gold chain gifted by her son, to collect money to perform his death anniversary rituals.
Surprisingly, DK Ravi's widow Kusuma and her father Hanumantharayappa did not attend Ravi's rituals, despite being invited by his parents.
His followers also paid tributes at the spot, where he was laid to rest and some of them even donated blood, in his remembrance.
CBI to submit final report soon
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), that took over the probe from CID on April 13, 2015, after a lot of controversy, is likely to submit its final report in which it will conclude his death as a suicide case. The findings will be submitted at a local magistrate court soon.
The CBI is also not expected to file any chargesheet into the case, as they haven't found it to be a foul play.
According to CBI sources, Ravi's postmortem also indicated that it was a clear case of suicide.