Harassment by central agencies pushed Siddhartha to his death
Kolkata: Expressing her sincerest condolences to the family members of Cafe Coffee Day Enterprises’ founding Chairman V G Siddhartha whose body was recovered on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held harassment by the Central agencies responsible for his depression which ultimately led to his death.She appealed to the Centre to work peacefully so that political vendetta and agencies do not destroy the future of this country. In her Facebook post, she wrote: “I am deeply shocked by the incident relating to V G Siddhartha, Cafe Coffee Day founder. It is indeed very sad and very unfortunate. From what he has expressed, it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies for which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner. This he could not resist. I hear from different sources that captains of industry in the country are under pressure; some of them have left the country and some are contemplating to move out. All the opposition political parties are afraid of horse-trading and harassment with political vendetta.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe further wrote: “On one hand, the economic growth of the country has nosedived to as low as 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018/19, the lowest in the last 5 years, and unemployment has increased to the highest level in the last 45 years. “On the other hand, Central government is actively pursuing disinvestment of government assets, from Ordnance Factory Board to BSNL, from Air India to Railways, from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works to Alloy Steel Plant, Durgapur and about 45 more public sector undertakings. The overall economy is in bad shape with the common people suffering the most. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Industry and agriculture and creation of employment is the future of our country. If industry is demoralised, then there will be no economic and employment growth. As a result, more and more people will become jobless. “My appeal to the government is that when you have been elected, you have to work in a peaceful manner so that people are confident and that political vendetta and agencies do not destroy the future of the country. “I express my deep condolence to the family members of Siddhartha. I feel really sad to hear the news.” The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder, who went missing, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. The body had washed ashore near Ullal and was fished out by local fishermen.