In a shocking development, contractor Santhosh K Patil, who had accused senior BJP minister KS Eeshwarappa of taking 40% commission, was found dead in a hotel in Udupi on Tuesday. He allegedly wrote a death note in which he stated that Eeshwarappa was ‘directly responsible’ for his death.
According to the preliminary investigation of the police into the death, the former rumored missing contractor in Belagavi, who was also a BJP leader, was found hanging from the ceiling in Shambhavi hotel in Udupi. Patil had apparently sent the “death note” to his friends via WhatsApp.
Police have reportedly said Patil, who would have spent over Rs. 15 lakh on bribery alone so far, said in his dean note that, “I am going on a journey without return. I have made this decision after suppressing all my wishes and desires. I have taken some friends, after I opposed “I told her we were going on a picnic. But they are not responsible for my death. I thank all my friends, I also thank the journalists for highlighting my problems.”
According to reports, Patil asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa to provide protection to his wife and children after his death. “I ask Mr. Yediyurappa, a senior leader of the Lingayat community, and anyone who can help my family, to help them,” he wrote.
Former CM Siddaramaiah called it the ‘result of commission policy’.
After a couple of officers visited his house in the village of Hindalaga on the evening of April 11, Patil’s wife told reporters that she was told that Patil was going on a picnic with two of his friends. It was speculated that he was soon missing. His wife also told reporters she did not think so because it was a common incident.
The allegations against Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa by Patil were made by a letter saying that the BJP government in Karnataka requires 40% commission or bribery from contractors for each project.
According to the latest indictment by him, Patil had claimed that Eshwarappa commissioned him 40% for a work order. “I did not wait for an assignment because Eswarappa said he is the minister and the final authority on this. So, I started the project. After that, the Model Code of Conduct came into effect due to by-elections in the district where, “they said they could not give me the job then. But Eshwarappa told me not to worry and to continue with the work,” Patil had said earlier. The NewsMinute,
Patil had also accused rural development officials and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) of corruption.
The now-deceased contractor had said in late March that he had received threatening calls after sending a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi detailing the corruption practices in Karnataka’s Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR).
Patil, who was also a Hindu Vahini worker, founded by Yogi Adityanath, had warned that if his ongoing bills were not paid, he would be forced to take his own life, The Hindu reported.