January 3rd, 2012
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Candle light vigil for Anuj Bidve

anuj-bidveLondon: Friends and family of Indian student Anuj Bidve held a candlelight vigil in Salford, Manchester. Hundreds of others joined the vigil in an expression of solidarity. British MP Keith Vaz, who attended the vigil, described the murder as a “senseless act”. “Obviously the community here and throughout the United Kingdom has been very moved by this terrible death. It was a senseless act. What we see today is the whole community here in Ordsall united with people from different parts of the country. I’m pleased that someone has been arrested and charged and now we have to await the process of justice,” he said.

A large number of people from across England gathered, along with Mr Bidve’s friends and fellow students, in Salford to pay their last respects and placed candles and flowers at the spot where the 23-year-old was killed. Anuj Bidve was shot dead unprovoked on a Salford street on December 26. Bidve, 23, was a student of MS degree in micro-electronics at Lancaster University. The man charged with his murder has been remanded to police custody by a UK court. Appearing before the City of Manchester Magistrates Court yesterday, 20-year-old Kiaran Stapleton described himself as “psycho”. Asked to confirm his name and address, Stapleton said his name was “Psycho. Psycho Stapleton”.

The police have said that they are treating the murder as a hate crime. Meanwhile, a second post-mortem is expected to be conducted on Bidve’s body today.


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