Second teen held after Indian student shot dead in Britain

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British police arrested a second teenage boy on suspicion of murder Tuesday after an Indian student was shot dead in Manchester, northwest England.

Greater Manchester police said they had detained a 16-year-old over the death of Anuj Bidve, following the arrest earlier Tuesday of a 17-year-old.

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

The two teens "arrested on suspicion of murder following fatal shooting in Salford remain in police custody," said the police on Twitter.

Police said Monday when asked whether 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.

Professor Bob McKinlay, deputy vice chancellor of Lancaster University, paid tribute to Bidve saying the student had been "at the very beginning of a promising career and had only been at Lancaster for a short time.

"We are deeply saddened by his loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we will do all we can to support them at this sad time."

© 2011 AFP

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