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India’s high-profile diamond merchant kidnapped by gangster Dawood Ibrahim in a foreign land?

Mumbai -based businessman Pramod Goenka has been reported missing from Mozambique in Africa since Saturday. The 52-year-old jeweller is the brother of Vinod Goenka, the chairman of DB Realty, a well-known construction firm. He withdrew the joint partnership from his brother a few years back and is said to set up his own business.

The Juhu police received an application from Pramod Goenka’s son Yash on Monday, stating that his father has been missing since Saturday on his business trip to Africa.

Kidnapped businessman had got threats from underworld

Sunil Ghosalkar, senior police inspector of Juhu police station said, “We have received an application, based on which we have registered a missing case. We are coordinating with the all the investigative agencies to trace Pramod.”

The application mentions Goenka was travelling to Maputo to meet a businessman named Kothari, who is also reported to be missing, according to sources.

Sources say Goenka could have been kidnapped by a criminal gang in Africa and this gang is said to be linked to the underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim himself. The suspicion arose after his friend received some pictures of him purportedly in the gang’s custody.

Sources to Niraj Gunde have confirmed of Dawood & Chota Shakeel link to missing of Pramod Goenka. It’s about funds sharing which were invested by Dawood & Shakeel with Goenka.

Goenka, who owns a jewellery business, had boarded a flight to Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique in eastern Africa, to meet Kothari for a business deal. The police officers said that according to call data records, Pramod’s last call was made on Saturday after which his phone was switched off.

Vinod had on Monday confirmed that his brother was missing since Saturday after he landed in Maputo, the capital of the south-eastern African country, where he is believed to have been kidnapped.

“Pramod took a Saturday morning flight to Maputo to meet a Gujarati businessman, identified only as Kothari, for a business proposition. His last call, according to his associates, was on Saturday evening. Since then, he has been missing and his phone switched off,” Vinod said. “I have informed the external affairs ministry.”

An IPS officer said there was no ransom call. “It appears there’s something more to this.” “We are studying the application and speaking with the family. After conducting an inquiry, we will register a missing person’s complaint,” said the officer. The police are also seeking details from the family of the person whom Goenka was to meet in Mozambique.

“Goenka never reached the hotel he had booked in Maputo. It is possible that his associate there is involved in the disappearance,” said the official. Police sources said Goenka’s disappearance is being probed from all angles, including whether he has been kidnapped or if he fled from India.

According to agencies, data gathered by a private risk management consultancy had revealed that at least 95 people have been kidnapped for ransom in the Mozambican capital and in Matola, Beira and Nampula since 2011. The bulk of kidnappings in 2014 and 2015 have been carried out during the day, many of them targeting children of wealthy businessmen. In most cases, the victims are released unharmed after money is paid and in many instances, the crimes go unreported.

Source: Times of India


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