Billionaire coffee tycoon VG Siddhartha, whose body went missing on Monday evening from the bridge over Netravati River was recovered by fishermen from near the Hoige Bazaar in Mangaluru on Wednesday morning.
The coffee tycoon, the son-in-law of former Chief Minister SM Krishna was missing from the Nethravathi dam site in Karnataka since Monday evening. He had told family members that he was going to Sakleshpur but instead asked his driver to go towards the river.
“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”, said the fisherman who spotted the body of VG Siddhartha
“A body has been found, which appears to be of him. Final confirmation has to be done by the family,” Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada District Sasikanth Senthil said.
The last rites will be performed at Chethanhalli in Moodigere taluk of Chikmagalur district in the evening.
“The family members have all decided that cremation will take place at his father’s estate in Belur Taluk,” said Rajegowda.
Politicians and celebrities from across the country had paid their tribute to the businessman at Mangalore and at his establishment in Chikkamagaluru before the body was taken to Chethanahalli for the funeral.
“It is a dangerous signal for the country.. if all industrialists leave the country or commit suicide.” “I’m feeling sad today because it should not be the future of the industry or agriculture,” West Bengal Cheif Minister Mamta Banerjee said.