TN governor's kin goes missing

A diamond and jewellery businessman from Andhra Pradesh went missing under mysterious circumstances at Bengaluru International Airport early Tuesday morning.

The Airport police have launched an operation to trace Manoj Kumar Grandhi, 45, a resident of Visakhapatnam.

“He is said to be a relative of Tamil Nadu Governor and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Rosaiah. However, there is no confirmation about this yet,” said DCP (North East) B R Ravikanthegowda.

According to the police, Grandhi, who owns Vaibhav Empire in Visakhapatnam, landed in Bangalore early on Monday. He hired a private vehicle and went to Hotel ITC Gardenia. He wanted to buy a plot in Bangalore and was in touch with a few people in the City in this connection. He visited different areas to see the plots. He had booked a ticket to Mumbai in an early morning flight on Tuesday, police said.

The driver of the private vehicle dropped him at the airport around 6 am and returned. Since then, there is no information about Grandhi. He was carrying jewellery worth Rs one crore in a suitcase when he got down at the airport. Neither did he fly to Mumbai nor return to his native place. His brother Satish rushed to Bangalore and lodged a complaint with the police.

“It is too early to say anything. Nothing is known whether he was murdered or abducted. The private vehicle driver told the police he left the airport after dropping him,” the DCP said.

One killed in accident
A 28-year-old motorcyclist died on the spot in a head-on collision with a lorry on Mahadevapura Service Road Wednesday morning.

KR Puram traffic police gave the name of the deceased as Mahesh, a resident of the same area. He was on his way to Marathalli, while the goods vehicle was speeding towards the railway station when the incident occurred.

The lorry driver, Muniraju, lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into the two-wheeler. The lorry driver has been arrested. Mahesh’s body was handed over to his family after post-mortem.

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