A fund will be set up in memory of Anuj Bidve, who was shot dead in Manchester on Boxing Day, British lawmaker of Indian origin Keith Vaz announced on Thursday, as he promised full investigation into the killing.
Vaz, the Labour party MP, met Subhash Bidve, Anuj’s father and mother Yogini Bidve and brother-in-law Rakesh Sonawani in Parliament.
“Many people have contacted me to express their condolences and they are keen to set up a fund in memory of Anuj,” Vaz said.
He said the family mortgaged their house in Pune “to raise £10,000 college fee for Anuj”. “People want to help the family. Details of the fund is being worked out,” he said. Vaz said he will “certainly ask for a full investigation into the circumstances of the murder” once the criminal proceedings are over. “Unless they have that information there can never be closure because they simply cannot understand how this has happened.”
Fighting back tears, Subhash Bidve said: “Thank you to everyone for the concern that everyone has about our son Anuj. It was really unfortunate that I lost my son, but I feel myself as a father that this should not happen again because a lot of Indian students come here for their education.”
We are deeply concerned with what has happened. He was a brilliant student. He was very straight forward, disciplined and soft. He was a very good son to me. I wanted to give him the best as father,” Subhash told newsmen.
His said Anuj had come to Britain to study microelectronics and had been working on a “very special project”.
“He was happy staying here and I feel it could have been a very great asset not only to India, but to the world—that is the kind of work he was doing.”
Earlier in the day, Bidve’s parents viewed his body for the first time at a funeral parlour here. They will visit Salford, where their son was shot, tomorrow.