A wave of grief as hundreds bid their last goodbye to Cafe Espresso Day founder VG Siddhartha | India Information

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MANGALURU/CHIKKAMAGALURU: An outpouring of grief marked the final journey and rites of Café Espresso Day founder-owner VG Siddhartha on Wednesday, as hundreds lined the route of the ambulance conveying his physique from Mangaluru to his hometown in Chikkamagaluru district.
Many extra — together with public figures, company bosses, villagers whose lives had been touched by the entrepreneur and his enterprise, espresso planters, and CCD staff —gathered at his ancestral residence, Chethanahally Property, in Chikkamagaluru, the place he was cremated within the night. Virtually everybody had a memorable story to share about Siddharatha.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa led an extended line of politicians who paid their respects to Siddhartha, 59, and provided condolences to his devastated household. Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Union minister SM Krishna, is survived by his spouse Malavika and two sons.
Siddhartha, who had been grappling with a monetary disaster, was reported to have jumped off a bridge over Nethravathi River, on the outskirts of Mangaluru, on Monday night. His driver was the final one that noticed him. His physique was recovered on Wednesday morning.
His sons Amartya and Eshan lit the funeral pyre at Chethanahally Property after the final rites had been carried out in accordance with the traditions of the Vokkaliga group. Amartya, the elder of the 2 siblings, broke down repeatedly in the course of the rituals.
SM Krishna and his spouse, Prema, had been additionally overwhelmed by feelings. Malavika was inconsolable within the last moments. Siddharatha’s mom, Vaasanthi G Hegde, was comforted by kin. His father, Gangaiah Hegde, is unaware of his loss of life as he’s present process therapy at a non-public hospital in Mysuru.
Earlier than being delivered to Chethanahalli Property, the physique was stored on the firm’s compound in Chikkamgaluru within the afternoon. Almost 10,000 mourners gathered there, in accordance with one estimate. Buses had been organized for individuals, who travelled from close by cities and villages to bid farewell to Siddhartha. Police had been deployed in giant numbers and emergency providers had been additionally positioned on standby.
Later, the physique was taken contained in the ancestral residence, the place shut relations paid their respects.
Earlier within the day, a postmortem was carried out at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru. After the method, Siddhartha set out on his last journey to the household property.
Shut relations and MLAs Raje Gowda and UT Khader accompanied the ambulance, which left Mangaluru at 10.50am. Round 1pm, they reached Kottigehara, masking a distance of 90km. “Police made needed preparations to clear all junctions. There was no roadblocks or rains in the course of the journey,” Khader advised TOI.
In Kottigehara, the entry level to Chikkamagaluru, an enormous crowd, which included espresso growers and property staff, waited for the ambulance. They held flowers and banners at nearly each junction as a tribute to Siddhartha. Their numbers swelled because the ambulance handed by Banakal, Phalguni and Mudigere junction.
Almost 5,000 individuals assembled on either side of Kadur-Mangaluru Highway. Retailers and business institutions remained shut, and college students stepped out of their campuses to bid goodbye to Siddhartha. Folks stood atop buses and compound partitions to get a glimpse of their “Anna”.
There have been emotional scenes at Amber Valley Residential Faculty, the brainchild of Siddhartha. “He considered the college as a spot to do good issues for kids and to make them good human beings,” mentioned the establishment’s trustee and chairman, Poornima Jairaj. “The varsity was arrange in 2004 and the next 12 months, a vocational centre was set as much as prepare locals in hospitality.”
Many schoolchildren mentioned Siddhartha was their position mannequin.
In Video:Folks pay final respects to CCD founder VG Siddhartha in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru

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