NDRF personnel carry the body of V.G. Siddhartha from the banks of Netravati river towards an ambulance after local fishermen found it floating in the coastal city of Mangaluru (Photo: AFP)
NDRF personnel carry the body of V.G. Siddhartha from the banks of Netravati river towards an ambulance after local fishermen found it floating in the coastal city of Mangaluru (Photo: AFP)

Siddhartha’s post-mortem report rules out foul play, but questions remain

  • It was a case of death by drowning, according to a person familiar with the development
  • However, a second report based on the chemical analysis of the samples taken from his body is yet to be generated by the forensic labs

Mangaluru: Former Café Coffee Day top boss V.G Siddhartha’s post-mortem report, which was handed over to Mangaluru police on Friday evening, indicates that no foul play was involved and it was a case of death by drowning, according to a person familiar with the development.

However, details of the report were not disclosed by the police. The mysterious disappearance of Siddhartha on Monday evening was followed by the recovery of his body on the backwaters of the Nethravati river, in Mangaluru, 36 hours later. The much awaited post-mortem report, which was handed over by the Wenlock government hospital, is expected to throw light on the exact nature of his death and the circumstances.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Hanumantharaya (Law and order), Mangalore city police said: “The matter is under investigation and information will be given in an appropriate time. The concerned authorities will give the information in the right time."

District Medical Officer Dr. Rajeshwari, who is privy to the report, was not available for comment.

"It is more or less confirmed that Siddhartha indeed died of drowning, as the water found to be present in his lungs indicates that, so there is no foul play. However, there is a second report which is based on the chemical analysis of the samples taken from his body, which is yet to be generated by the forensic labs as the process takes a long time," Hanumantharaya said.

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