UK cops apologise to family, say racial angle being probed
Two top police officials from Manchester, UK, met the family of local boy Anuj Bidve on Monday and apologised to them for having to learn about Bidve’s death through Facebook instead of appropriate official channels.india Updated: Jan 02, 2012 23:26 IST
Two top police officials from Manchester, UK, met the family of local boy Anuj Bidve on Monday and apologised to them for having to learn about Bidve’s death through Facebook instead of appropriate official channels. They did not rule out the possibility that Bidve's death was a “race crime”.
Chief superintendent Russ Jackson of the Greater Manchester Police and detective constable and family liaison officer Peter Christian Rickards apprised the family of the investigation into the killing of Bidve, 23, who was shot dead on December 26 in Manchester city.
A post-graduate student at Lancaster University, Bidve was strolling down Salford in Greater Manchester on Christmas night with a group of nine Indians when they were approached by two persons. Two men walked up to them and after a “very brief” conversation one of the men whipped out a gun and shot Bidve in the head.
The officials informed the family that one of the accused had been charged with murder, though they could not say yet what exactly was the motive for the killing.
The officials reached Bidve’s Chandan Nagar residence around 6pm and stayed for over two hours.
“They told us that they have not ruled out any possibility including the race crime angle. However, they said currently they are treating it as an ‘unprovoked’ crime,” said Bidve’s cousin Suruchi Wagh.
The Manchester city police have charged Kiaran Stapleton — a 20-year-old from Ordsall, Salford — with Bidve’s murder, said Wagh. “The police have charged one person of murder. But we want the investigation to reach its logical end.”
On bringing back Bidve’s body, the police officials informed that by Tuesday the second post-mortem would be conducted. “If the first and second post-mortem reports match, the Indian commission in UK will get the body by tomorrow. We will therefore request the Indian high commissioner to expedite the process,” said Wagh.