Thousands gathered to pay their last tribute to the mortal remains of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha at his ancestral home at Chikkamagalur in Karnataka. Later on, his mortal remains were consigned to flames at his ancestral home in Chethanahalli at Mudigere taluk, Chikkamagaluru, on Wednesday.
Political leaders across spectrum including Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Siddharamaiah, former Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy were all present. Hundreds of employees of Cafe Coffee Day got emotional while paying their respects to their beloved master.
His eldest son Amartya Hegde lit the funeral pyre after the last rites were performed in an atmosphere marked by quiet grief, as his mother Malavika Hegde and grandfather and former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna struggled with their emotions.
Earlier in the afternoor, thousands of people paid their last respects to the mortal remains of Siddhartha at Coffee Day Global Ltd, a firm owned by him in Chikkamagaluru town.
The body of Founder-Chairman of the country's largest chain of coffee shops, Cafe Coffee Day, VG Siddartha, who went missing on Monday night, was found floating on the shores of Netravati river near Mangluru at 4.30 am on Wednesday.According to Mangluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil, the body has been sent to Wenlock Hospital for post-mortem, while the family of the deceased has been informed.
Mr Patil said more than 200 personnel of the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and expert divers conducted the search operation, to recover the body.Besides, the Indian Air Force helicopters were also engaged in the search operation, which lasted for more than 36 hours, he added. Reports said the body was recovered around five km from Ullal, where Siddartha was last seen by his driver. UNI