The son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna, V G Siddhartha who is the founder and owner of Cafe Coffee Day has gone missing from Manguluru since last evening. According to reports, he was last seen near Netravati river in the coastal town.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Congress leader D K Shivakumar and B L Shankar visited former Karnataka CM, SM Krishna at his residence in Bengaluru early morning Tuesday.
According to police, Siddhartha asked his driver to drop him off at the Netravathi bridge in Mangaluru as he wanted to take a walk. However, when there was no sight of him ever after an hour, the driver alerted the family, and they in turn informed the authorities, said Mangaluru police commissioner Sandeep Patil.
Driver Basavaraj Patil in his statement to police said, “On Monday I went to his residence in Bengaluru at 8 am. At 12.30 pm he asked me to drive towards Sakleshpur. As we neared it, he asked me to drive towards Mangalore. When I was entering Mangalore he said ‘take the car to the bridge’. He asked me to be at the end of the bridge and said he’d walk. At 8 pm, I called him but his phone was switched off. Then I called his son and he said he’d also try calling him. As there was no response, I’m filing this complaint.”
In visuals, a group of policemen are seen on a bridge scanning the river below. Another group of policemen on inflatable boats has joined the search. The search operation is underway.