The body of killed Indian student Anuj Bidve has been released by the coroner to a funeral company in London,from where it is expected to be taken to India for final rites.
The body was released after a second post-mortem was conducted on Tuesday.
Bidve’s family members are scheduled to arrive in London on Wednesday to take the body back to India. After their arrival,they may decide to visit Salford where Bidve was killed in an unprovoked attack on Boxing Day.
Lancaster University,where Bidve was enrolled on a postgraduate course in Microelectronics,has informed India’s Consul in Birmingham,RR Swain,that it will refund the fees paid by Bidve.
The university also paid tributes to him and promised to everything possible to support his family and friends.
Professor Bob McKinlay,acting Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University,said,”Anuj Bidve was studying for a post graduate degree in micro electronics at Lancaster University. He was an outstanding applicant at the very beginning of a promising career and had only been at Lancaster for a short time”.
He added,”We are deeply saddened by his loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends and we will do all we can to support them at this sad time”.
Professor Andrew Richardson from the Engineering Department where Bidve was studying said,”Anuj joined the Engineering department in October as an MSc. He had completed two modules where he had excelled in the practical work and
just prior to Christmas had been awarded an A+. Anuj was looking forward to the next stage of his studies. Anuj was a pleasure to teach”.
He added,”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”.
A memorial ceremony will be held on January 21 at Lancaster University where students and staff will be able to share memories of Anuj’s life.
The university was represented at the candlelit vigil held in Salford last week and a memorial book has been set up for Anuj which will be sent to his family as a tribute to their son.
The Bidve family had reportedly raised a loan against their house in Pune to finance his study at Lancaster University.