London: Another youth has been arrested by
the British police in connection with the killing of Indian
student Anuj Bidve, taking to five the total number of
suspects being held in the case.
A 20-year-old man was the fifth person arrested by police
which has already rounded up four people, including two
The man is being questioned on suspicion of murdering
Bidve, who was shot in the head at close range in an
"unprovoked" attack on December 26 in Salford.
Bidve, from Pune, was with nine Indian students on Monday
when they were approached by two men in Salford.
He was shot at close range after a "very short"
conversation. Bidve died as a result of "gun trauma" to the
head, post-mortem revealed.
23-year-old Bidve was a student of Microelectronics at
The police have not ruled out racism as a motive for the
killing. The two men who approached the group of students at
Salford were described as white men.
Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in the UK assured
all possible help in expediting the process of repatriation of
Bidve`s body to India.
The consulate General of India in Birmingham and the
Indian High Commission said that they were "deeply" saddened
at the "unfortunate" and tragic killing.
"The concerned authorities have also been suitably
sensitised about the family`s wish to have the dead body
repatriated to India at the earliest," the High Commission
said in a statement today.