The body of missing VG Siddhartha, the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, was found on Wednesday in the Nethravathi river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. He had gone missing on Monday evening after he got out of his car on a bridge near Mangaluru.
There were reports that he jumped off the bridge into Nethravathi river to commit suicide after asking his driver to wait for him at the other end of the bridge. A fisherman, identified as Rithesh, found the body prompting him to alert the police. “I saw a body floating while I was fishing, informed the police. I participated in the rescue operations with the district administration yesterday as well,” Rithesh was quoted by news agency ANI.
Rithesh, the fisherman who spotted the body of #VGSiddhartha today in Mangaluru and informed the police: I saw a body floating while I was fishing, informed the police. I participated in the rescue operations with the district administration yesterday as well. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/NtVZr0LXqD
— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2019
Mangalore MLA UT Khader, according to news agency PTI, said that friends and relatives had confirmed that the body was of Siddhartha.
Earlier Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district Sasikanth Senthil had said, “A body has been found, which appears to be of him. A final confirmation has to be done by the family.
Meanwhile, a topless body of Siddhartha is widely being shared on social media platforms. The video in question was made soon after his body was brought to the shore of the swollen river.
According to several media reports quoting Siddhartha’s driver, he was last seen on a bridge over the Netravati river in Mangaluru. His driver Basavaraj Patil, who has been with Siddhartha for the last three years, said that they were travelling in their Toyota Innova towards Sakleshpur, when Siddhartha asked the driver to turn the car towards Mangaluru.
Siddhartha reportedly asked the driver to stop the car and wait for him at the other end since he wanted to take a walk. The driver called Siddhartha an hour later at around 8 pm, but his phone was switched off. According to police sources, Patil said in his statement that he later filed a police complaint.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, Home Guard, fire services and coastal police scoured the waters under a bridge across the swollen Nethravathi river. The founder of Cafe Coffee Day was the son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader SM Krishna.