Pune: Despite assurances from the UK and
Indian authorities, the grieving parents of slain city student
Anuj Bidve are still running from pillar to post to expedite
repatriation of his body awaiting a second post mortem in
Manchester where he became a victim of an apparent hate crime.
Still in a state of shock following the killing of the
23-year-old who left the city about three months back to study
at Lancaster University, the Bidve family met Maharashtra
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan when he was here on Thursday
and appealed to him to intervene to speed up the procedural
matters to ensure an early possession of the body for
traditional last rites.
The family came to know about the tragedy through a
comment posted on the Facebook by Bidve`s friends in the UK.
Christmas holidays in Britain are delaying the procedural
formalities in respect of the murder probe and other matters.
"We are trying to contact External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna in order to expedite the proceedings to get Anuj`s
body back in Pune," said Rakesh Sonawane, brother-in-law of
Anuj, releasing a copy of an open letter to Krishna.
Sonawane, interacting with media here last night, said
that a second post mortem would be conducted on the body as
per the British laws only if the Manchester Police complete
the probe to file a case this week.
"As per the UK Government rules, a second post mortem
of the body is mandatory before it is sent to Pune. Christmas
holidays have resulted in a staff shortage and, therefore, we
are requesting the Greater Manchester police and the Coroner
to complete the second post mortem, which is done by a private
lab, as early as possible," Sonawane added.