People carry the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha to an ambulance in Mangalore, India, July 31, 2019.(REUTERS)
People carry the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha to an ambulance in Mangalore, India, July 31, 2019.(REUTERS)

CCD founder Siddhartha cremated at his coffee estate in Karnataka

Cafe Coffee Day owner V Siddhartha’s last rites was held at one of his coffee estates in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district on Wednesday evening, reported a news agency.
Bengaluru | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 07:19 PM IST

Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder V.G. Siddhartha’s cremation was held at Chattanahalli, his village, in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district. His last rite was performed at one of his coffee estates.

Hundreds of people, including women and elders from the surrounding towns and villages thronged the venue to pay their last respects. Karanataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa also flew from Bengaluru to attend the last rites and console the bereaved family members.

After two fishermen found the body floating in the backwaters of the Netravathi river earlier in the day, the police shifted the body to Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru for post-mortem. “Siddhartha’s body was handed over to his family after the autopsy.

Siddhartha’s father-in-law S.M. Krishna and mother-in-law Prema flew to Chikkamagaluru from Bengaluru, while other family members and relatives also reached the estate for the last rites.

Siddhartha went missing on Monday night and was suspected to have committed suicide by jumping off the bridge.

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