Wagh Bakri owner dies of brain haemorrhage, fell while escaping stray dogs
Wagh Bakri Tea Group's owner and Executive Director, Parag Desai, died on Sunday evening in Ahmedebad after a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall while he was trying to evade stray dogs. Desai was 49.
According to a top Wagh Bakri executive, Parag Desai was out on an evening walk on October 15 when he slipped after trying to ward off stray dogs.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital from where he was shifted to a bigger hospital where he underwent surgery. He had been on a ventilator since.
The company, in an Instagram post, shared, "With profound grief, we regret to inform the sad demise of our beloved Parag Desai".
Parag Desai is survived by his wife and daughter.
Shalby Hospitals Ahmedabad, where the Wagh Bakri owner was admitted initially on Sunday, released a press hours after his death.
"The patient was brought to the emergency department around 6 pm. He was unconscious and not responding. It was stated that the patient fell down after being chased by dogs but apparently, there were no dog bite marks on his body. A CT scan revealed acute subdural hematoma with bilateral frontal contusion. Lately, we have been getting a lot of cases due to dog bites or accidents caused by stray animals," the hospital said in a press note.
The president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, Shaktisinh Gohil, expressed his condolences on Desai’s death. Taking to X, he wrote, “Very sad news coming in. Parag Desai, Director and owner Wagh Bakri Tea passed away. He had a brain haemorrhage following a fall. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to the entire Wagh Bakri family across India.”
Parag Desai was one of the two executive directors on the board of the Ahmedabad-based tea group, the other being Paras Desai.
Parag Desai was the son of Managing Director Rasesh Desai. He had done his MBA from Long Island University in the USA. He spearheaded sales, marketing and export departments for the group and was an expert tea tester and evaluator.
Wagh Bakri Tea Group is one of the country's leading packaged tea companies with a turnover of over Rs 2,000 crore and more than 50 million kgs of distribution. It is well-known for its premium tea and has been in business since 1892 when it was founded by Narandas Desai.