The body of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha has been found in Hoige Bazaar, by the sea shore at 6.30 am on Wednesday after 36 hours of massive search.
Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada Sasikanth Senthil confirmed that the body was finally found around 6:30 am on Wednesday morning. The body was recovered by a group of fishermen in Hoige Bazaar which is quite far away from the Netravati bridge where he was seen on last. It is assumed that the body might have been carried away by the strong undercurrent which was prevailed upon due to rain.
Siddhartha went missing on Monday evening from the bridge over Netravati River. Later, a local fisherman said on Tuesday that he had heard someone jump into the river on Monday evening. Police has moved the body to a hospital and will be waiting for the family to confirm the identity.
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.
Siddhartha, who is also the Chairman and Managing director of the Coffee Day Enterprise Limited (CDEL) - the holding company of all his companies- is the son-in-law of former Union Minister of Foreign Affairs and now BJP leader SM Krishna. In a purported letter which was sent to the Café Coffee Day board, Siddhartha had blamed IT officials for hounding him. During his last days, he was struggling with debts.