Thousands of people had the last glimpses of the body of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who died under mysterious circumstances, on the premises of the Amalgamated Bean Company (ABC) in Chikkamagaluru, today.
His body was taken for performing last rites at his coffee estate at Chetanahalli in Mudigere taluk. After his body was found at Netravathi river near Mangaluru, an autopsy was conducted and his body was taken to his home district Chikkamagaluru where thousands of people, including his company and estate workers and fans, were waiting to have a glimpse of his body.
Siddhartha’s mother Vasanthi Hegade, father-in-law and former chief minister S M Krishna, mother-in-law Prema, wife Malavika and sons Amarthya and Eeshan received the body.
Former minister U T Khader came with the body of Siddhartha from Mangaluru. The body was kept for public view. Thousands of people queued up to offer their respect to the body.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, former ministers M B Patil, D K Shivakumar. MLA C T Ravi and others had the glimpse of the body. Later, the body was taken to Chetanahalli in Mudigere taluk for cremation.
Meanwhile, Yediyurappa said that Siddhartha was a good businessman. The incident would not have happened if his close friends or family members were with him. But the incident happened, unfortunately.
“Siddhartha was not an ordinary man but the biggest businessman. His death is a huge loss. I wish that his children would continue the business,” he added.