New Violence Against Indians Reported
Early Monday morning, the town of Salford in the suburbs of Manchester was the site of the murder of a twenty three year old Indian student from the Lancaster University in northwest England.
According to police reports, the victim was one of nine Indian students currently visiting the area for the Christmas holiday season. The shooting occurred near a McDonald’s restaurant where police found the student shot in the head. Despite medical attention, the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
The victim was identified as Anuj Bidve and was on holiday when the incident occurred. The Greater Manchester Police has already informed his parents in India as to his untimely demise.
Witnesses said the group of Indian students was walking towards the town center when the gunman approached the group. He appeared to have talked to the students and a minute later pulled out a gun and shot Bidve in the head. After the shot rang out, the white man described to be near his mid-20’s ran into an estate of local council houses. He was said to be wearing a grey top and ran off with another man wearing a black jacket.
Police after investigation had later arrested twenty-year-old Kiaran Mark Stapleton. When hauled to court, he said he was a “psycho” and was remanded to custody. No application for bail was forwarded and the case has been sent to the Manchester Crown Court.
Friends of Bidve, local leaders and residents had prepared to attend a vigil in his memory on the spot at Salford where the untoward incident occurred. A similar vigil was planned to be held in New Delhi with a procession to culminate outside the British High Commission offices.
Anuj Bidve was twenty-three years of age and was a postgraduate student of Microelectronics at Lancaster University. He was described to be an outstanding student at the beginning of an outstanding career.
As of the moment, Manchester Police said in a statement, “This remains a complex investigation and the fact we have charged someone does not mean the investigation is complete.” They added, “We know that the family are extremely distressed that Anuj’s body has not yet been returned to them. We have been in close contact with the coroner, who is anxious to release Anuj’s body to his family at the earliest possible time.”
Five people have been arrested in relation to the incident and there are many vestiges to indicate that the crime was hate motivated or racially prejudiced in nature.