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Octoberfest? October mess, more like

By Mohammed Rumman, Poonam Verma and Shubhang Saurav


BANGALORE (Oct. 23)—A director of one of the event-management companies involved with last weekend’s Kingfisher-sponsored Great Indian Octoberfest has gone missing amid reports of financial problems and mismanagement of the carnival.

Vilas Hiregoudar, managing director of Common Colors Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., vanished Monday, and a police investigation into his disappearance is under way.

Launched in 2005, The Great Indian Octoberfest is organized every year by liquor maker Kingfisher. Last year, an estimated 25,000 people attended. The figure for this year was not immediately available, though turnout reportedly was higher than last year. However, this year’s edition, held at E-Zone Club at Marathahalli, wasn’t all fun and games.

A first information report on Hiregoudar’s disappearance was registered at HAL Police Station by Mamta V. Gowda, Hiregoudar’s wife.  The couple owns the agency.

Guru Prasad, a subinspector at HAL Police Station, told The SoftCopy: “The FIR was registered on October 21st, and the person was missing from October 20th at 12:15 a.m. Investigations are ongoing, and we still have to find a proper lead.” Read more





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