Mangaluru, July 31: The body of V G Siddhartha, founder of Café Coffee Day was found on the river bank at Bolar, Hoige Bazar in the early morning on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. He was missing since Monday night, suspected to have been fallen from Nethravathi bridge, at Ullal, Mangaluru.
The body was found by fishermen who were going for fishing at Bolar, Hoige Bazar area. They had informed the police at about 6.30 am. The police have identified and confirmed that it was Siddhartha’s body.
A massive search operation involving multiple agencies was on since Monday evening, when Mr Siddhartha went missing."We found the body early morning today. It needs to be identified, we have already informed the family members. We are shifting the body to Wenlock Hospital. We will continue further investigation," Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said.
VG Siddhartha, who went missing from Mangaluru on Monday night. Siddhartha’s driver had informed his family about his missing . “I’ve been driving with Siddaratha for last 3 years. I went to his Bangalore residence at 8 am and then to Vittal Mallya’s office and came back home at 11 am. At 12: 30 pm he asked me to drive towards Sakleshpur. I was driving an Innova. He then asked me to head towards Mangalore. When I was entering the main Mangalore circle, he asked me to take a left to go to a site. We reached Kerala highway and drove for 3-4 kms. He asked me to stop at a bridge and asked me to be at the end of the bridge till he returns. I then got down from the car. He later asked me to sit inside the car and drive to the other side of the bridge. At 8:00 pm I called him but his phone as off. I then called his son and he said he will call him too. I later filed a complaint.”
Multiple teams of police forces, along with the Coast Guard and the National Disaster Response Force, had been searching for Mr Siddhartha. Police had also used dog squads and inflatable boats and roped in local fishermen to search the river. They were searching for his body the whole day and night but in vain.