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UK cops announce £50,000 reward

The British police investigating the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve have offered a 50,000-pound reward to trace the killer and apologised to the victim’s family

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: January 1, 2012 1:45:20 am

The British police investigating the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve have offered a 50,000-pound reward to trace the killer and apologised to the victim’s family for delay in informing about the incident after it emerged that they learnt of his death from Facebook.

Bidve,23,was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in the inner-city Ordsall district of Greater Manchester on December 26.

The murder is being treated by the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) detectives as a “hate crime”.

Officers from the police force Friday evening announced the cash reward of 50,000 pounds and said they hoped it would help get the killer gunman caught as soon as possible. Detective Chief Supt Mary Doyle,leading the murder inquiry,said: “It is an extremely unusual,savage and motiveless attack,an absolutely horrific crime,which is why we are taking the step of issuing it (the reward) a bit earlier than we normally would.”

The police also apologised to Bidve’s family after it emerged that the victim’s father learnt of his son’s death from Facebook. Subhash Bidve read a post on the site before officers were able to get in touch with him in India to deliver the news about his son.

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