Gujarati businessman and philanthropist Rizwan Adatia who was kidnapped in Africa’s Mozambique on April 30 has been released. A media report said that he has been released from Maputo Province in Mozambique although details of the same, including whether a ransom was paid or not, are not known. Adatia is believed to have been held in captivity in Mulotana of Boane district, a local media report said.
Adatia’s Range Rover car was found abandoned in a jungle following his kidnapping. Adatia, who originally belongs to Porbandar, is head of a conglomerate – COGEF- that has a turnover of over Rs2,000 crore and owns more than 35 wholesale supermarkets and over 190 stores. His company employs 3,500 people and is spread across nine African nations.
Rizwan was known in Gujarat for his philanthropic activities through the non-profit Rizwan Adatia Foundation. Earlier, the Indian High Commission in Mozambique had said that local authorities were looking into the matter. The 52-year-old business man was born in Porbandar and began working in a private company in the city at the age of 16. The businessman is closely associated with providing philanthropic activities for elderly in Gujarat.