Anuj’s kin fly to UK today,to receive body

Eight days after he was shot dead in Manchester,Anuj Bidve’s body was handed over to the Indian High Commission and Funeral Director following the second post-mortem on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:January 4, 2012 2:46 am

Eight days after he was shot dead in Manchester,Anuj Bidve’s body was handed over to the Indian High Commission and Funeral Director following the second post-mortem on Tuesday.

Anuj’s brother-in-law Rakesh Sonavane said,“Anuj’s body is getting ready for repatriation to India. We have been told that it should take around three more days to complete the repatriation process. But the date when the body will be brought back to Pune is uncertain.” Three family members,however,would be leaving for UK on Wednesday to get the body.

The team from Greater Manchester police comprising two officers met Anuj’s family again at his residence on Tuesday. Anuj,a PG student of microelectronics at Lancaster University,was shot dead on December 26. The Greater Manchester police have charged 20-year-old man Kiaran Mark Stapleton for the murder. The two officers — chief superintendent Russ Jackson and detective constable Peter Rickards — will fly back to UK on Wednesday morning.

Sonavane told Newline,“Anuj’s father,mother and brother-in-law will fly to UK. The tickets are yet to come but the family members will surely fly to UK within the next 24 hours.”

Chief superintendent Jackson read out a statement to the media,”Our role has been to meet the family,to explain about the case so far and of course to go through the last moments of Anuj’s life with them as we understand them to be from the investigation so far. We remain in close contact and shall be so for the coming months,if not years…”

Chief superintendent Jackson added,”After meeting Anuj’s family,we were able to fill in some of the gaps in understanding the events leading up to Anuj’s tragic death. A second post mortem is taking place. After this,Her Majesty’s Coroner will be able to consider the release of Anuj. His family is aware of this and the detailed reasoning behind it.”

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