Updated: Thursday, 9th July 2020 @ 8:21am

Father of murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve sent him to England 'for the best'

Father of murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve sent him to England 'for the best'

By Mancunian Matters staff

The father of murdered Indian engineering student Anuj Bidve said he sent his son to England because he wanted the best for him.

The 21-year-old was shot dead in Ordsall Lane in Salford on Boxing Day in an unprovoked attack.

His father Subhash Bidve called for justice outside Parliament after meeting with Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz.

Mr Bidve, together with Anuj's mother Yogini and brother-in-law Rakesh Sonawane, met with Mr Vaz for about 35 minutes after flying into the UK yesterday.

The family is due to return to India with Anuj's body tomorrow after visiting the site in Salford.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, has been charged with his murder.

Mr Bidve said: "It was really unfortunate that I lost my son. But I feel myself as a father this should not happen again because a lot of Indian students come here for their education and they go back to their own countries.

"I humbly request to you all kindly do justice for Anuj and kindly make sure that students who come here for their studies, they have their own studies and go back to their own countries.

"He studied engineering in India in an inner city. He was a very brilliant student and he was working on some core engineering, like in micro-electronic chips engineering.

"He was working on his really special projects and he was very happy staying here and doing his work. He was a very great asset not just to India but the whole globe, that was the kind of work he was doing.

"He was really straightforward, very disciplined, very softly spoken and very friendly to everyone and a very good son to me.

"I wanted to give him the best. As a father that's what I wanted."

Mr Vaz said he had passed on his condolences to the family during the meeting and updated them on contact he had received from wellwishers since the killing on Boxing Day.

He said: "There are many people who have contacted me who wish to acknowledge the memory of Anuj and express their sadness as to what has happened. I have therefore asked them to contact the family direct. They are very keen to set up a fund - not the family but the people who have contacted us - to honour the memory of Anuj and to help the family.

"I will pass all that information directly on to the family. That is at very early stages of course but it was important that the family knew about it."