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Wolverhampton hotel owner Ranjit Power missing in India

The Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa Image copyright Google
Image caption The Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa in Wolverhampton is owned by Ranjit Power

A hotel owner from the West Midlands has disappeared after arriving in India on a business trip.

Ranjit Power, owner of the Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa in Wolverhampton, was reported missing on 14 May after he failed to return home.

His family fear he has been kidnapped or killed, the Express & Star has reported.

The Foreign Office said it was liaising with authorities. West Midlands Police said it was investigating.

'Very worried'

Mr Power's partner Angela Bir said: "I can confirm that my partner and business partner has gone missing in India.

"He left the UK on 7 May and was set to return on 14 May.

"I spoke to him shortly after he landed. This was the last time I spoke to him.

"My frustration grew over the next few days, leading me to call the police as I was very worried not to hear from him."

She said the matter was now in the hands of UK and Indian police.

"We remain hopeful that nothing untoward has happened to him and I am putting my full trust in the authorities," she said.

Hotel manager James Jagpal said staff were concerned but the hotel was operating as normal.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "Ranjit was reported as a missing person on 14 May. Inquiries are being conducted by police in Wolverhampton."

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "A British national was reported missing in India on 14 May and we are providing consular assistance to the family and liaising closely with local authorities."

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