Murder of Anuj Bidve

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Anuj Bidve
Flowers left in memory of Anuj Bidve at the murder scene

Anuj Bidve was an international student from India who was shot and killed for no apparent reason on 26 December 2011 by local factory worker Kiaran Stapleton,[1][2] while visiting friends in Salford near Manchester.[3] At the time of his death, Bidve, was studying for a Master of Science degree in "Microelectronics and System-on-Chip Engineering" at Lancaster University.

Investigation[edit]

The murder was brought to prominence in the UK and abroad due to the execution style killing and after the failure of the police to inform his family in India who subsequently learned of the death of their 23-year-old son through Facebook. The family complained about this, and about delays in processing the case and returning the body to them. As a result, the police sent two senior officers to Pune in India to apologise and give them details of the progress of the investigation. In particular, Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: "We felt it was important to make personal contact with the family. We need to explain to them in person where we are up to in the investigation." [4] The family said that they had "complete trust and confidence in Greater Manchester Police".

As of 3 January 2012, five people had been arrested in total.[5] However, three of the group were bailed until March 2012 pending further inquiries. A fourth man, aged 19, who was originally bailed later had his "bail cancelled", police said, according to the BBC report. Previously, on 2 January, the prime suspect had famously announced himself as Kiaran "Psycho" Stapleton during his brief appearance at Manchester City Magistrates' Court.[6] Prosecutor Ben Southam then informed the court the case had to be sent to Manchester Crown Court as Stapleton was charged with murder. Stapleton, of Salford, was remanded in custody. There was no application for bail.

On 26 July 2012, Kiaran Stapleton was convicted of the murder of Anuj Bidve.[7][8]Kiaran Stapleton was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 30 years before parole is considered, on 27 July 2012. [9] The prosecution and defence at the trial agree that Stapleton has antisocial personality disorder.[2]

Controversies[edit]

These are mostly centred on the trauma suffered by Bidve's father Subhash when he learned about his son's death via a social networking site, before the police had been able to make contact. He stated that, "the world was finished for us", while laying flowers with his wife Yogini, and brother-in-law Rakesh Sonawane, at the murder scene.[10] There is still much uncertainty over the motivation for the attack and how it should be treated in law. As of 5 January, the police had not established whether it was a hate crime or part of a gang initiation. Soon after, the British coroner decided to release the body to the Indian consulate so that arrangements could be made to return it to Pune for the ceremony to take place there.

Circumstances of death and later family visit[edit]

Bidve was shot on Ordsall Lane at 01:30 GMT. He died later in hospital. According to some news reports, more than 400 people paid tribute at a memorial service for him on the night of 2 January at the scene of the shooting in Salford. The spot is less than a mile from the skyscrapers of Manchester city centre and its landmark Beetham Tower.

The Bidve family were accompanied on their visit by dignitaries from the consulate general of India in Birmingham. They were greeted by Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson of Greater Manchester Police, who had previously travelled to India to meet the family, as well as Dawn Copley and Barbara Spicer, the chief executive of Salford City Council. On 5 January, the family met Keith Vaz, chairman of the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, at Westminster. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was on a visit to the North West at that time, spoke to the family on the phone, having earlier committed himself to meet the parents if they so wished.

The Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University Professor Mark E. Smith said the university had provided financial assistance to the family and would hold a memorial ceremony for Anuj later in January.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anuj Bidve killer Kiaran Stapleton convicted of murder". BBC News (BBC). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kiaran Stapleton: a man lacking identity who sought the notoriety of a killer". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Engineering at Lancaster University". University of Lancaster. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Nelson, Dean (3 January 2012). "Anuj Bidve murder: Greater Manchester Police apologise to family for failing to inform them". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Ravenscroft, Nick (2 January 2012). "Anuj Bidve killing: Candlelit vigils held in Salford and New Delhi". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Anuj Bidve killing: Kiaran 'Psycho' Stapleton remanded". BBC News. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Carter, Helen (26 July 2012). "Kiaran Stapleton guilty of murdering Anuj Bidve in Salford". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Suroor, Hasan (26 July 2012). "Briton found guilty of Anuj Bidve murder". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Anuj Bidve murder: 'Psycho' Stapleton sentenced to life imprisonment". The Times of India. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Carter, Helen (6 January 2012). "Anuj Bidve's parents visit street where Indian student was murdered". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 6 January 2012.