The grief-stricken parents of Anuj Bidve today made a tearful visit to the spot where the Indian student was shot dead in an apparent hate crime,as Prime Minister David Cameron gave a personal reassurance that those behind the horrific crime would be brought to justice.
Shattered by what they called was an incomprehensible loss,the parents said the visit was an exceedingly difficult one to make,but they had chosen to come to Salford to witness first hand the place where their son breathed his last so as to keep his memories alive all their life.
The distraught parents are set to return with Anuj’s body to their home town Pune where a funeral will be held,possibly tomorrow evening.
There are no words,the world is finished for us,this is what I can say, a sorrowful Subhash Bidve,the father of the 23-year-old,told reporters in Salford,as his wife Yogini stood with him,silently wiping off her tears.
Commenting for the first time on the incident that has grabbed media headlines here as well as in India,Cameron rued that Bidve’s life had been cruelly and brutally ended and offered huge sympathy to the visiting parents on behalf of his country.
An absolutely horrific act has taken their son away from them,and it is absolutely essential the Greater Manchester Police do everything they can to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure the person is rightly brought to justice and there is a very tough punishment.It’s unacceptable to have this sort of crime going on in our country, he said.
Cameron also spoke on phone to the Bidves and personally condoled the death of their son.
Before visiting the site where they laid flowers and offered prayers,Bidve’s father said his family had chosen to send Anuj to UK,preferring the European nation over other destinations like the US and Australia,believing it would be the safest for him.
However,he said they were overwhelmed by expressions of support from the people,both in the UK and India,and were optimistic about the British police’s handling of the case.
We do not blame the people of this city for what happened. The only person we blame is the man responsible for taking Anuj away from us in such a senseless act of violence on Boxing Day morning, the family said in a statement.
They have been retracing Anuj’s final moments and earlier visited the hotel room where he had stayed. It has not been in use since the death of Anuj at the request of the police,acting on behalf of the family.
Anuj was in Manchester on a shopping holiday with his friends when he was killed.
A 20-year-old youth called “Psycho Stapleton” has been charged with Anuj’s murder and remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on March 20.
Three other people arrested on suspicion of Anuj’s murder have been granted bail until March pending further inquiries.
A fourth man,aged 19,had his bail cancelled.
We have made the journey from India in order to see Anuj,see the place where he died,and most importantly take Anuj home with us, the statement by the Bidve family said.
The education system in the UK is far better and we thought this is the safest place in the world. We were thinking to send him to the US or Australia but the whole family decided to send him to England for higher education, said Bidve.