LONDON/PUNE: Two British teenagers were arrested in Manchester on Tuesday morning in connection with the murder of Anuj Bidve, a 23-year-old student from Pune, in the early hours of Boxing Day. Anuj is survived by his father Subhash Bidve, mother Yogini and sister Nehal Sonawane.
One 17-year-old boy and another 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder after a warrant was executed, the Greater Manchester police said, adding a statement may be issued if something concrete emerges from the questioning.In police’s opinion, the shooting was entirely unprovoked and according to them, while no racist comments were made, they are still probing whether the killing was racially motivated.
Chief superintendent Kevin Mulligan, divisional commander for Salford, said: “We are now into day two of what is a wide-ranging and complex investigation.Officers from the Major Incident Team and divisional staff will be working tirelessly over the next hours and days to continue with their inquiries and identify all those involved in the tragic murder of a young man who was simply visiting Manchester with his friends.”
There is obviously speculation about why this young man was killed but at this stage, it would be wrong to rule anything out or comment on that speculation while the investigation is in its infancy, Mulligan added.Anuj, student of Lancaster University, was shot dead in a random attack in Salford.