MANGALURU : Seventy-two hours since the mysterious disappearance of Cafe Coffee Day owner V.G Siddhartha, and the subsequent recovery of his body on Wednesday morning in Mangaluru, two senior police officials, including commissioner of police Sandeep Patil and deputy commissioner (law and order) Hanumantharaya, were transferred with immediate effect on Thursday.

Subramanyeshwara Rao, who was deputy inspector general, intelligence, in Bengaluru, will succeed Patil.

Patil has cited personal reasons for a request transfer to Bengaluru, while the redeployment of his deputy was a routine transfer, according to police officials in Bengaluru.

While Patil is the new DIG and joint commissioner, crime, in Bengaluru, Hanumantharaya has been posted in Davanagere.

It has already been 36 hours since Siddhartha’s body was recovered from the backwaters of the Nethravati river and then later sent for post mortem, but officials in Wenlock hospital are yet to issue a report. Once the report is submitted, the police will begin an investigation into the unnatural death of the businessman.

The delay in issuing the report has intrigued and surprised many.

“...The samples taken from his body are undergoing chemical analysis in multiple facilities in the state and the report will not be complete without inputs from those laboratories. It is too early to say anything," fistrict medical officer of Wenlock hospital, Dr Rajeshwari, told Mint on Wednesday.

The post mortem report will end much of the speculation over the cause of death and the circumstances under which Siddhartha plunged into the river off the bridge.

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