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£50,000 reward in manhunt for killers

Murder squad detectives yesterday offered a £50,000 reward for information as they investigated the "horrific" murder of an Indian student blasted to death on Boxing Day.

Anuj 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 Manchester in the early hours of December 26.

The murder of the Indian student is being treated by detectives at Greater Manchester Police as a "hate crime" which may have been racially motivated.

Yesterday, senior officers from the force announced the cash reward and said they hoped it would help get the killer gunman caught as soon as possible.

Det Chief Supt Mary Doyle, leading the murder inquiry, said: "It is an extremely unusual, and savage 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.

"We absolutely understand the need to take whoever is responsible for this off the streets," she added.

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