Indian student's parents visit British murder site

6th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The parents of an Indian student shot dead in Britain visited the site Friday where he was gunned down, as Prime Minister David Cameron promised to do everything to find his killers.

Anuj Bidve's father Subhash and mother Yogini laid flowers at the scene where he was shot in the head at point-blank range in Salford, a suburb of the northwestern city of Manchester, and prayed for their 23-year-old son.

By coincidence, Cameron had visited Salford earlier in the day, where he said Bidve's life had been "cruelly and brutally ended". He promised to bring his murderer to justice, saying such crimes were "unacceptable".

Although he was unable to meet with Bidve's parents, Cameron's spokesman said he telephoned Subhash Bidve to express his condolences.

The couple, from the western Indian city of Pune, said they had been "deeply moved" by the support they had received.

"We have made the journey from India in order to see Anuj, see the place where he died, and most importantly take Anuj home with us," Subhash Bidve said in a statement read out to reporters.

"As you can imagine this has been an exceedingly difficult journey to make. Anuj was our only son and we cannot comprehend this dreadful tragedy."

He added: "We do not blame the people of the city for what happened. The only person we blame is the man responsible for taking Anuj away from us."

Speaking in Salford earlier, Cameron said he had "huge sympathy" for the Indian student's parents.

"An absolutely horrific act has taken their son away from them, and it is absolutely essential the Greater Manchester Police do everything they can to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure the person is rightly brought to justice and there is a very tough punishment," he said.

"It's unacceptable to have this sort of crime going on in our country."

A 20-year-old English man, Kiaran Stapleton, who described himself as "Psycho" in court, is accused of the murder and has been remanded in custody.

Anuj, who was studying at Lancaster University, was killed as he walked into Manchester city centre with Indian friends on December 26.

Since arriving in Britain on Wednesday, the Bidves have seen their son's body, picked up his belongings from university and visited the House of Commons to discuss his murder with lawmaker Keith Vaz.

More than 187,000 Indian students have studied in Britain over the past five years.

© 2012 AFP

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