As anger still simmers over the horrific murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Manchester last week, a candlelight vigil was held on Monday evening by his friends in the city as a mark of a silent protest.
A large number of people from across England gathered, along with Mr Bidve’s friends and fellow students, in Salford to pay their last respects and placed candles and flowers at the spot where the 23-year-old was killed.
“Obviously the community here and throughout the United Kingdom has been very moved by this terrible death. It was a senseless act. What we see today is the whole community here in Ordsall united with people from different parts of the country. I’m pleased that someone has been arrested and charged and now we have to await the process of justice,” British MP Keith Vaz, who also attended the event, said.
Mr Bidve, a post-graduate student at the Lancaster University, was shot dead at point blank range on December 26 when he was walking down the street in Salford near Manchester with a group of Indian friends. They were visiting the town during their Christmas vacation from college. He had moved to Lancaster University from his hometown in Pune in 2010.