Missing UK hotelier: On kidnapper’s trail, Punjab police to seek Interpol help

Punjab Police are planning to seek the assistance of Interpol to locate the man who has been booked for kidnapping UK hotelier Ranjit Singh Power.
Updated on May 24, 2015 08:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Jalandhar

Punjab Police are planning to seek the assistance of Interpol to locate the man who has been booked for kidnapping UK hotelier Ranjit Singh Power.

The hotelier went missing while on a business trip to Punjab. The police are verifying call details of Baldev Singh Deol, who was booked on the complaint of Ranjit’s brother Amrik Singh.

The hotelier had come to India for a business deal with Deol, claimed his family.

The police have traced the last location of Deol’s mobile number to Phagwara (May 8). Sources said Power was with Deol in a taxi on May 8. Deol had received Power at the Amritsar international airport, claimed sources. A police team visited the airport and scanned CCTV footages which led it to Deol’s driver who is being quizzed.

Amrik said his brother had gone to Punjab for a business deal with Deol. Ranjit’s family said he was to return to Wolverhampton on May 14 but didn’t turn up. Armik claimed that Deol had returned to Wolverhampton on May 15. “Deol told me that he had received my brother (at the airport) but he insisted on going to Chandigarh,” Amrik said.

55-year-old Powar, who owns the four-star Ramada Park Hall Hotel in Wolverhampton, last spoke to his wife Angela Bir on May 7 when he landed in India.

ADCP-II Amrik Singh Pawar, who is part of the team investigating the case, said they were planning to contact Interpol to get in touch with Deol. The UK police have also sought details about the case from the Jalandhar police.

Ranjit’s family has announced a reward of £10,000 for information on the missing hotelier.

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    Jatinder Kohli is a senior correspondent at Jalandhar. He covers crime and health, besides Nawanshahr district.

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