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The parents of an Indian engineering student who was shot dead on Boxing Day have retraced the final moments of their son's life.

Anuj Bidve, 23, was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked along Ordsall Lane in Salford with friends.

His parents paid an emotional visit to Ordsall Lane, where tributes and flowers had been left in memory of their son. Father Subhash Bidve and mother Yogini visited the scene after first going to the Salford hotel room where Anuj stayed on his visit to the city.

The room at the Salford Etap hotel has not been in use since the death of Anuj at the request of the police, acting on behalf of the family. The Bidves picked up their son's belongings from Lancaster University, where he had been studying, and met his friends and tutors.

Addressing a huge number of television, print and radio journalists on Ordsall Lane, which was blocked off by police, Mr Bidve said: "We have made the journey from India in order to see Anuj, see the place where he died, and most importantly take Anuj home with us.

"Whilst in England we have taken the opportunity to meet a number of other people who were involved in Anuj's life and to achieve our goal of taking Anuj back home with us as soon as possible. As you can imagine, this has been an exceedingly difficult journey to make.

"When Anuj left India in September last year he was full of hope and ambition for the future. We were all so very proud of him. Anuj was our only son and we cannot comprehend this dreadful tragedy. We do not blame the people of this city for what happened. The only person we blame is the man responsible for taking Anuj away from us in such a senseless act of violence on Boxing Day morning."

Mr Bidve said the family have been "deeply moved" and have taken comfort from the hundreds of messages they have received from the people of Salford and Lancaster, and especially the Indian community. Following the visit the family were taken to a meeting at Salford Town Hall. They are due to take Anuj's body home to India.

Later Prime Minister David Cameron spoke by phone to Mr Bidve and assured him that the British police and justice system would do "everything possible" to catch and punish his killers, Downing Street said.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, has been charged with Anuj's murder.


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