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

Public's wishes prompt special fund in memory Indian student Anuj Bidve shot dead in Salford

Public's wishes prompt special fund in memory Indian student Anuj Bidve shot dead in Salford

By Mihaela Ivantcheva

A special fund is being set up to honour the memory of the Indian student Anuj Bidve who was shot dead in Salford, in response to the public’s wishes.

Keith Vaz, Labour Party MP for Leicester East, who received the Bidve family last week during their visit at the House of Commons, said that he was contacted by many people who wished to express their sadness and acknowledge the memory of Mr Bidve.

“These people who have contacted me, and contacted the family direct, are very keen to set up a fund to honour the memory of Anuj and to help the family,” said Mr Vaz.

Mr Vaz, who has agreed to be the patron of the fund, is helping in establishing the fund and receiving donations.

And while further details about the fund will be announced after a discussion with the family, three overseers of the fund have already been announced – Kamel Hothi from Lloyds Bank, Reena Anand and Sangeeta Mandal.

An online memorial will also be created with Mr Bidve’s Facebook account.

“I am pleased to say that I have spoken with a representative from Facebook UK and Anuj’s account will be re-opened as a memorial, so his friends and family can leave tributes,” said Mr Vaz.

At the same time, the Lancaster University where Mr Bidve was studying for a postgraduate diploma in microeconomics has provided financial assistance to the family.

Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, said that a memorial book is being set up, which will be sent to the family as a tribute to their son.

“We will continue to work with all parties in marking Anuj’s life and a memorial ceremony will be held at the University later in the month,” Mr Smith said.

Professor Andrew Richardson from the Engineering Department at the Lancaster University said: “Anuj was a pleasure to teach. His enthusiasm and attention to detail was part of what makes teaching in a university environment such a pleasurable experience.

“My academic colleagues and fellow PhD students will greatly miss Anuj. My heart goes out to his family and friends.”

The body of the 23-year-old Indian was brought back to India on Saturday, January 7.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral ceremony in Pune, at which, according to Hindu tradition, Anuj’s body was cremated.