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Missing Ranjit Power: India murder suspect appears in court

Sukhdev Singh Image copyright AFP
Image caption Sukhdev Singh covered his head and face with an orange scarf as he was accompanied by police to court

A man accused of murdering a British businessman in India has appeared before a court in the Jalandhar region.

Sukhdev Singh, a taxi driver, confessed to killing Ranjit Singh Power, a 54-year-old hotelier from Wolverhampton, Indian police said.

Divers are searching for Mr Power's body in a canal in Ropar District.

Mr Power was last seen at an airport in Amritsar, Punjab on 8 May. After he did not contact his family for a week, they reported him missing.

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Image caption Ranjit Power failed to return from a business trip to India

Writing on Facebook, Mr Power's son Gian called his father his "best friend, teacher and leader".

"The lessons my dad has taught me over the last 23 years will remain with me forever. The relationship we had was like no other.

"I will continue to live in his legacy, work hard and always help others and know he is with me every step of the way."

Image caption Ranjit Singh Power's son Gian and daughter Emma paid tribute to their father, saying 'his love was immense'

Mr Power's daughter Emma said: "My father will be so sorely missed. I will keep his memory alive and tell his granddaughter everyday what a kind warm hearted man her Nanaji was.

"My father's love was immense, and I cannot put into words how much I will miss my father. No matter how many times we clashed because of our similar personalities, dad was always there for me. I wish I had the chance to thank him for the strength he has instilled in me over the years.

"I am so proud of the his sheer determination over the years. He was a strong, proud man.

"I am the luckiest daughter alive to have been able to call him my Dad."

The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of a British national in India.

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Image caption The Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa in Wolverhampton was owned by Ranjit Power

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