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Sudhakar Shetty
Sudhakar Shetty

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Mystery surrounds the death on Wednesday of a 50-year-old site manager of a well-known construction company which had some time ago accused Bellary MLA Somashekar Reddy and Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy of assaulting its supervisor, forcing him to withdraw from bidding for a work for the Bellary Thermal Power Corporation.

Sudhakar Shetty (50), a native of Kundapur, site manager of Shankar Narayan Constructions owned by his cousin Seetaram Shetty, was found dead in a water sump at the third basement of a hotel being constructed off Cunningham Road.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) G. Ramesh, Mr. Shetty met the workers at the site around 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday saying he was going to City Market to make some purchases. He did not return home that night. After failing to reach him on his mobile phone, his son Pavan filed a missing complaint with the Cubbon Park police Wednesday morning. Around 2 p.m. construction workers found his body in the sump. “There was an injury on the forehead which appeared to have been caused by a sharp object,” Mr. Ramesh said. His chain and cellphone are intact.

The police registered a case of unnatural death.

A few months ago, Shankar Narayan Constructions was in the news after Mr. Seetaram Shetty had filed a complaint with the Ulsoorgate police accusing Mr. Somashekar Reddy and Mr. Karunakara Reddy of assaulting his supervisor and forcing him to withdraw from bidding for a work for the Bellary Thermal Power Corporation.

Sudhakar Shetty is the son of Seetharam’s uncle and has been looking after the latter’s various projects.

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