London: Three teenagers arrested in
connection with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in the
UK were today released on bail even as the police offered a
reward of 50,000 pounds to find those linked to the murder.
A 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys have been
released on bail, the police announced, and added that the
investigating team was putting in place plans to send officers
to India to offer support to the Bidve family.
A 50,000 pounds reward has been offered by the police to
find the killer.
Five persons were earlier arrested by police on suspicion
of murdering Bidve, who was shot in the head in Manchester at
close range in an "unprovoked" attack on December 26 on Boxing
The British police investigating the murder apologised
that his family learnt of the incident through Facebook rather
than from the police.
Responding to remarks of Subhash Bidve, the Pune-based
father of the victim, assistant chief constable Dawn Copley
said a family liaison officer was deployed soon after the
incident but admitted that news of the information was first
released on Facebook.
"A Family Liaison Officer was quickly put in place
after Anuj`s murder who made exhaustive inquiries to try and
inform the family and deliver the awful news personally.
Unfortunately, as the officer was attempting to contact the
family through the right channels, a post was put on
Facebook," Copley said.
"We know that Mr Bidve has spoken to the media about
finding out on a social networking site that Anuj had been
murdered. Sadly, that was the case. That is not the way anyone
should have to find out something so devastating and we
completely understand how upset the family are," she added.
Noting the instantaneous nature of social networking
sites, Copley regretted that "we have no control over when and
what people post on such sites, but no-one should hear such
tragic news in this way".
She said since then the authorities have had two Family
Liaison Officers in regular contact with Anuj`s immediate
family and those who speak on his behalf to keep them updated
about every step of the progress of the investigation.
The police, she said, was working closely with the
coroner to ensure the family can bring Anuj?s body home as
soon as possible.
"The body cannot be released at this stage of the
investigation but we are doing everything we can to respect
the family`s wish," Copley said.
Speaking to BBC from Pune earlier in the day, Subhash
Bidve said he and his family learnt of the killing from
Facebook rather than from the police or official sources.
"One of my cousins and one of my nephews, they have seen
the message and they called me," he said, adding that he could
not understand why police had not contacted them because his
number was on his son`s mobile phone.
Bidve said: "Last four days we have been feeling so
much trauma because we are yet to know when Anuj can come
"We are really worried. All family members are worried
about it. Everyone at home, they are all shattered and waiting
for his remains to do all religious things," he said.
Asked if getting the murdered student`s body repatriated
was his main priority, Subhash Bidve said: "Absolutely."
"That is my only concern. We do not have a specific date
or time frame when it can be done and do not understand it. We
find it difficult and it is not accepted," he said.