BJP man who said Eshwarappa takes kickbacks kills himself

Karnataka politics

Whatsapp note requests Modi, BSY to take care of his family

By Saumyangi Yadav and Shristi Achar A.

Santosh Patil, a Belagavi-based BJP worker and contractor, allegedly died by suicide on Tuesday, a Deccan Herald report said. Patil had been in the public eye after he accused panchayat raj and rural development minister K.S. Eshwarappa of corruption.

Patil reportedly took his life at Shambhavi Lodging near the KSRTC bus stand in Udupi. He had went missing on Monday, and the police tracked his phone calls to the lodge after an alleged suicide note started to circulate on social media.

Pramod Kumar, Police Inspector, District Crime Intelligence Bureau, informed The Observer: “Santosh Patil arrived at the lodge in the evening with his friends. His friends took one room and he took the other. In the morning…, he was discovered dead. It is suspected that he consumed poison at night…. We are waiting for his brother. We will register a case then.”

Patil reportedly sent the note to his friends via WhatsApp at 11.37 p.m. on Monday.

In the note, which was posted by former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s official Twitter handle, Patil blamed Eshwarappa for his death and demanded he be punished. He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to protect his wife and child.

“I am going on a journey of no return. I have taken this decision after suppressing all my wants and desires. I have brought some friends with me, after lying to them that we are going on a picnic. But they are not responsible for my death,’’ the read.

A couple of weeks ago, Santosh Patil had accused Eshwarappa of demanding a 40 per cent commission in sanctioned public works

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said an investigation is being conducted into Patil’s alleged suicide, The Hindu reported. 

The Udupi Town police are investigating the matter.

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