Karnataka

VG Siddhartha, Coffee Day owner, dead

The worst fears have come true. The body of VG Siddhartha, the owner of the Cafe Coffee Day chain has been found in the backwaters of Netravathi river. His body has been shifted to Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru. It will be handed over to the family after autopsy.

The body was found floating at around 6:30-6:45 am on Wednesday by local fishermen who then informed the police. On Monday, an eyewitness had affirmed he had seen a man jumping off the bridge. The search operation had gone on for 35 hours.

Pictures show him wearing sneakers, black trousers. It is not known if those rescued him removed his shirt, in a bid to revive him. Extremely disturbing visuals of his body show him bare chested with his watch and a finger ring intact. There seems to be a red coloured streak around his left eye and nose, that suggests bleeding.

Siddhartha had gone missing on Monday evening when he was driving from Bengaluru to Mangaluru. He had asked his driver to stop the car at Netravathi bridge and told him to wait. When he did not return, the driver tried his number to find it switched off. Perplexed and concerned, the driver called Siddhartha’s family in Bengaluru which in turn informed the police in Mangaluru. 

Siddhartha’s last rites are likely to take place in Bengaluru.

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