VG Siddhartha, owner of the popular coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, has gone missing near Mangaluru. Siddhartha is also the son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna. VG Siddhartha got off his car near the Netravati River off Mangaluru on Monday evening and has been missing ever since.
Siddhartha was talking to someone over the phone when he asked his driver to stop the car near the river and got down around 6:30 pm on Monday. After he failed to show up several minutes later, the driver panicked and called the family.
According to the police, Siddhartha was last seen on the river bridge. He reportedly got down from his car near the Netravati river bridge and asked his driver Basavaraj Patil to go ahead and wait.
According to a statement by the driver of the businessman, they were going to Sakleshpur from Bengaluru in a Toyota Innova, when in the middle of the journey Siddhartha asked him to go to Mangaluru.
The police have launched a massive search operation near the 1-km-long bridge.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner, Sandeep Patil said that boats were deployed and local fishermen were called in to conduct search operations in the Netravati river