Anuj`s murder was unprovoked, racist angle not ruled out

Two top cops from Manchester visited the family of Anuj Bidve, a 23-year old student who was killed on Dec 26 in an apparent hate crime.

Pune: Britain`s police have described the
December 26 murder of city-based Anuj Bidve as "unprovoked and
motiveless attack" without ruling out the racist angle, the
sister of the deceased said on Monday.

Briefing reporters after a two-member team of Greater
Manchester police headed by chief superintendent Berry Russel
Jackson visited the Bidve family to apprise them about the
circumstances leading to murder of the 23-year-old student at
Lancaster university, and the state of investigation, Suruchi
Wagh said, "We were told Anuj was killed in an unprovoked and
motiveless attack. The Manchester police have not ruled out
the racist angle or hate crime.

"We want justice to be done in the case and hope that the
accused are brought to book."

Suruchi also appealed to the Indian High commission in
Britain to expedite the matters relating to sending of Anuj`s
body to Pune.

"We are anxious about this and want the body to be sent
here as early as possible", she added.

According to the information given to the family by the
Manchester police team which spent two hours with them, a
second post mortem would be performed on the body of Anuj
tomorrow and if the reports of both autopsies matched, it
would be handed over to the relatives through Indian High

The Bidve family members including Anuj`s father Subhash
are slated to leave for Britain tomorrow to claim the body.

Wagh also said that the British team was apologetic
about delay in conveying the news of Anuj`s death to his
parents in India.

"We have full trust in the investigation by Greater
Manchester police who have put 30 persons to work on the
case", she said and thanked all well wishers in the country
and the UK for the support extended to the family in its hour
of grief.