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Mumbai businessman missing in Mozambique, kidnapping suspected


Mumbai: A Mumbai-based businessman has been missing in Mozambique ever since he went there months back and efforts are underway to find his whereabouts, a senior police official said here today, amid reports that he may have been kidnapped.

Pramod Goenka (52), who was visiting the African country for business, went missing hours after landing at the Maputo airport on February 19, the official said. His son Yash lodged a complaint with Juhu police here on February 21, saying his father was not traceable. Goenka was travelling to Maputo to meet a businessman named `Kothari’, the complaint said.

Indian authorities are in touch with their Mozambique counterparts and the Indian High Commission there is also in touch with the local police, the official said.

“We are not aware about any further development pertaining to his whereabouts,” he said.

A media report has said that Goenka was suspected kidnapped. However, the official said there was no communication from the Government of India, which was in touch with Mozambique authorities, about any such development in the probe.