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Updates: VG Siddhartha cremated at his Chethanahalli estate

By Anuj Cariappa
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Mangalore, July 30: Billionaire coffee tycoon V G Siddhartha was cremated in a sombre atmosphere after hundreds of people paid a tearful homage to the 'Coffee King" at his Chetanahali estate in his ancestral village in Chikkamagaluru where hundreds of people gathered to pay their last respects.

V G Siddhartha was founder of Cafe Coffee Day and son in law of former Karnataka chief minister, S M Krishna. His body was found after a 36 hour search. Coffee Day Enterprises said it appointed SV Ranganath as the interim chairman of the board and Nitin Bagmane was named as interim chief operating officer of the company.

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The body was found in the river at the Hoige Bazar area in Mangalore. Siddhartha was missing since Monday.

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7:33 PM, 31 Jul
VG Siddhartha's son Amartya lit the funeral pyre after the last rites were performed according to the traditions of the Vokkaliga community from which Siddhartha hailed, say reports.
6:59 PM, 31 Jul
Siddhartha's elder son Amartya lights the pyre.
6:36 PM, 31 Jul
VG Siddhartha's body brought near pyre.
6:24 PM, 31 Jul
Last rites to begin anytime now at Chethanahalli estate.
6:21 PM, 31 Jul
BSY pays tribute:
5:55 PM, 31 Jul
Last rites shortly. Thousands of teary eyed people witness last journey.
5:43 PM, 31 Jul
VG Siddhartha's body brought to his ancestral home in Chetanahalli Estate
5:37 PM, 31 Jul
Former CM HD Kumaraswamy breaks down during the funeral ceremony.
5:23 PM, 31 Jul
Some outlets of the popular Cafe Coffee Day chain in central Bengaluru remained shut today as a mark of respect to its founder-chairman VG Siddhartha, said reports.
5:18 PM, 31 Jul
Last rites of CCD Founder VG Siddhartha to be held shorty at one of his coffee estate in Chikamagaluru.
5:16 PM, 31 Jul
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa arrives at Chikkamagaluru for the last rites of VG Siddharatha.
4:59 PM, 31 Jul
Former ministers MP Patil and UT Khader also present at his his ancestral home.
4:57 PM, 31 Jul
Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma paid his tributes by tweeting, “One more starry-eyed messiah meets a violent farewell.
4:56 PM, 31 Jul
Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto, recalled that V G Siddhartha was a soft spoken, gentle mannered and warm-hearted & uncommonly humble co awardee at a Forbes October 2011 event.
4:56 PM, 31 Jul
Final rites of Siddhartha to be conducted at Chethanahalli estate.
4:56 PM, 31 Jul
Siddhartha’s mortal remains en route to his native Chethanahalli.
4:43 PM, 31 Jul
CCD tweets that it is committed to Siddhartha's vision
4:42 PM, 31 Jul
After Mamata, former Karnataka minister MB Patil demanded action over the struggles faced by businessmen because of government agencies.
4:41 PM, 31 Jul
Former Minister KJ George pays his last respects to Siddhartha in Chikkamagaluru.
4:41 PM, 31 Jul
BS Yediyurappa said,''He was a simple man, a pioneer in popularising Indian coffee in the world. I can't even imagine why a person who would have been under the guidance of SM Krishna Ji end his life. I give my tributes to his family.''
4:40 PM, 31 Jul
Meanwhile, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee describes the death of CCD owner VG Siddhartha as "very unfortunate". She said that the coffee baron was depressed due of "harassment from different agencies", failed to run his business and finally gave up.
4:40 PM, 31 Jul
Meanwhile, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee describes the death of CCD owner VG Siddhartha as "very unfortunate". She said that the coffee baron was depressed due of "harassment from different agencies", failed to run his business and finally gave up.
4:39 PM, 31 Jul
Former Minister DK Shivakumar pays his last respects to Siddhartha in Chikkamagaluru.
4:33 PM, 31 Jul
Hundreds gather at Amalgamated Bean Coffee (ABC) company office premises in Chikkamagaluru to pay respect to VG Siddhartha.
4:33 PM, 31 Jul
HD Kumaraswamy broke down while paying respects to VG Siddhartha in Chikkamagaluru. Former state ministers DK Shivakumar and KG George were also present at the ABC office premise where the body has been currently kept.
3:50 PM, 31 Jul
Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa paid his last respects to Siddhartha in Chikkamagaluru. He condoled the demise of CCD founder and described him as a very simple and humble person.
3:49 PM, 31 Jul
Even the official Facebook handle of CCD has changed its icon from the usual red to black after after the death of its founder-owner VG Siddhartha.
3:47 PM, 31 Jul
The CCD board has said that it remains deeply committed to safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers.
3:32 PM, 31 Jul
In another tweet, Siddaramaiah clarifies Opposition only against 'few crony capitalists'
3:22 PM, 31 Jul
Cafe Coffee Day has changed its Twitter icon from the usual red to black after the founder-owner VG Siddhartha passed away.
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