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Bidve body brought back, cremated

Pune student Anuj Bidve's body was today brought to Mumbai in a flight by his distraught parents from Britain where he was shot dead last month. Anuj's parents visit site of killing; hope for justice | Anuj Bidve murder, clockwork horror

world Updated: Jan 07, 2012 23:41 IST
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Barely three months after local boy Anuj Bidve, 23, left India to pursue higher studies in the United Kingdom, his distraught parents accompanied his body back home from Britain on Saturday.

The British Airways flight from London landed in Mumbai at 11.45am. Two hours later, the body was taken to Pune.

Bidve had enrolled for the microelectronics post-graduate programme on September 30 at the Lancaster University in Salford city. The alumnus of Pune's Sinhgad College, however, had his dreams cut short, when an unidentified man shot him in the head on December 26.

He was enjoying the Christmas night along with nine other Indians studying in UK when two persons approached them. After a "very short" conversation, one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot Anuj down.

The Manchester city police have charged Kiaran Stapleton, a 20-year-old from Salford, with Anuj's murder.

Anuj's parents Subhash and Yogini Bidve had travelled to Britain to collect Anuj's body on Wednesday. On Thursday, they met British MP Keith Vaz, who had assured the family of full investigation into Anuj's murder.

The grief-stricken parents had on Friday paid a visit to the spot where their son was shot dead. "There are no words, the world is finished for us," Subhash Bidve told reporters in Salford.

British Prime Minister David Cameron had rued that Anuj's life had been "cruelly and brutally ended" and had offered "huge sympathy" to the visiting parents on behalf of his country.

The funeral rites took place at Yerawada crematorium ground where family and friends bid a tearful adieu to Anuj.