Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

Shooting of student Anuj Bidve in Salford was a hate crime, say police

Shooting of student Anuj Bidve in Salford was a hate crime, say police

By Mancunian Matters staff

Police investigating the fatal shooting of Indian student Anuj Bidve have said it was being treated as a hate crime.

Mr Bidve was shot in the head from close range in Ordsall Road, Salford on Boxing Day.

The 23-year-old was a student at Lancaster University but was in the Greater Manchester area visiting friends for the festive period.

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of murder - a 20-year-old man and four teenagers, aged 19, 17, 17 and 16. All are still being questioned by officers.

Chief Supt Kevin Mulligan, divisional commander for Salford, said: "We have not established a clear motive for the senseless murder of Anuj and there is no definitive evidence pointing to it being racially-motivated.

"However, we are treating this as a hate crime based on the growing perceptions within the community it was motivated by hate.

"Anuj's family deserve to see his killer brought to justice and I want people to think 'what if it was my brother, son, husband or boyfriend who simply went out with friends and was killed?'

"You would want justice and clearly that is what Anuj's family want, so please if you know where the gun is, or you do have information, be courageous and come forward."

Greater Manchester Police said Mr Bidve was with nine students, all Indians, when they were approached by two men early on Monday.

Following a "very short" conversation, one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the Lancaster University student.

The gunman was described as white, in his mid-20s, and of slim build.

Anyone who has any information about the shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers, free and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.