Mangalore, June 21, 2018: B. Ramachandra Baliga, the aged father of slain RTI activist Vinayak Baliga passed away this evening (Thursday, 21st June) at about 7.45 p.m. He was aged 87 years and had been ailing for some time. He had complained of lung infection few days back and had been admitted to KMC Hospital near Ambedkar Circle in the city.
It may be recalled that his only son Vinayak Baliga, who was an RTI activist, had been brutally murdered on 21 March 2016 and the case had caused a sensation at the time due to the intrigue involved in the murder plot. Subsequently police arrested and booked charges against seven persons and the case is on trial.
The deceased Ramachandra Baliga had been deeply pained upon losing his only son in the evening of his life. He fought valiantly for gaining justice for his son by approaching various forums, including the state high court and the Supreme Court. It is learned that his various petitions pending before the courts against the accused in the murder case will not be affected by his death as his daughters are named as the co-litigants – something done as a precaution considering his advanced age.
‘Justice for Vinayak Baliga’, a citizen’s campaign led by rationalist leader Prof. Narendra Nayak had been assisting him and his family in times of need.
Ramachandra Baliga’s wife, Jayanthi Baliga had died on 8th January last year following brain hemorrhage at the age of 81. She is said to have been deeply affected by her son’s cold blooded murder and had never recovered from grief.
Ramachandra Baliga was a beedi leaf trader by profession and was presently leading a retired life. He is survived by four daughters Shwetha, Asha, Anuradha and Harsha.
The funeral will take place on Friday, 22 June at 10.00 a.m. His mortal remains will be kept at his residence situated behind Sterling Chambers, near PVS Kala Kunj for paying last respects.