British police have offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to arrest of Anuj Bidve’s killers in a bid to speed up investigation as the murdered Pune boy’s family waits to be told when his body will be released.
Greater Manchester police have released three teenagers on bail while holding two men in custody for Bidve’s Boxing Day murder in Salford, northwest England. But they are yet to charge anyone.
According to Indian sources, police are expected to hold on to the body because anyone charged with murder can exercise the option of seeking a second autopsy. Police must charge or release a person within 28 days of arrest.
Friday’s offer of a substantial reward is aimed at speeding up the investigation. “This is an extremely unusual, savage and motiveless crime. It is an absolutely horrific crime, which is why we want to take the step of issuing a reward a little earlier than usual,” Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said. Having conducted an autopsy already, police are now examining CCTV footage of the area where the Indian university student was gunned down. Police are calling it a ‘hate crime’ because some in the local community think Anuj was shot dead simply because he was a foreigner, which is practically unheard of.
But police have no evidence for a racial motive. In fact, they have not even found the gun yet. The local community at the notorious Ordsall housing estate are said to be outraged and sickened by the killing, and have left flowers and condolence notes at the spot. One said, “Evil and mindless people took your life away for nothing. We don’t think living here will ever be the same.”