On the 29th of December, the Karnataka police found the body of S.L. Dharme Gowda, the Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, on the railway tracks of Gunasagar village, Kadur Taluk of Chikmagalur district, Karnataka.
According to the police sources, Mr. Gowda left home on the evening of the 28th of December. He even asked his official bodyguard to leave him alone.
He drove to Gunasagar railway station in an old personal Santro car at 6:00 P.M., on Monday. He then asked his driver to leave him as he had to meet someone.
As per his call logs data, his last call is enquiries about train timings from a friend in Kadur. It was the last S.L. Dharme Gowda was seen.
Later in the night of the 28th of December, his family worried about his whereabouts alerted authorities who then mounted a search.
Based on cell signals, they located his body on the Mankanahali Railway track. The head was separated from the body.
The police suspect it to be a suicide case as they received a suicide note near his body which mentioned about the recent incident during the Legislative Council proceedings.
The reason behind his death is a mystery as of now. However, the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD [S]) member S.L. Dharme Gowda was in distress over the way he was treated by some members of the Party. Once during Council proceedings, Mr. Gowda was even pushed and shoved by angry Indian National Congress (INC) members.
The Police immediately sent his body for an autopsy to Shivamogga.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa, leader of the INC Siddaramaiah, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President D.K. Shivakumar, JD(S) Chief H.D. Deve Gowda, Mr. Kumaraswamy and other political leaders have expressed shock and grief over the death of Dharme Gowda.
H.D. Deve Gowda said, “It is shocking to learn the news of Deputy Speaker of State Legislative Council and JD(S) leader S.L. Dharme Gowda’s suicide. He was a calm and decent man. This is a loss of the State.”
Bhoje Gowda, Dharme Gowda’s brother said the last rites would be held at the Madagadakere farmhouse in Sakharayapatna, later today.
S.L. Dharme Gowda is survived by his wife Mamata, a son and a daughter.