Youth arrested after Indian student shot dead in Britain

27th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder Tuesday after an Indian student was shot dead in Manchester, northwest England, officials said.

Anuj Bidve, 23, from the western Indian city of Pune, was murdered early on Monday as he walked with friends from his hotel in Salford, an area to the west of Manchester, towards the city centre.

"The 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder after a warrant was executed in the Salford area the early hours of today," a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

"He remains in custody for questioning."

Police said on Monday when asked if the murder could have a racial motivation that they were "investigating every possible aspect."

Bidve, who was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, around 40 miles (60 kilometres) from Manchester, was enjoying a short break in the city with eight Indian friends.

The group was stopped by a man who spoke to them before shooting Bidve at close range.

Bidve's family in India has been informed.

© 2011 AFP

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