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Man (20) charged with Indian student's killing

By Pat Hurst

A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve, who was shot dead on Boxing Day.

Mr Bidve (23), was shot at close range by a gunman in an apparently motiveless attack in the Ordsall district of Salford, Greater Manchester.

Last night, Greater Manchester Police said Kiaran Mark Stapleton (20), from Ordsall, had been charged with the murder. He will appear before City of Manchester Magistrate's Court this morning.

The announcement came as two officers from Greater Manchester Police flew out to India to meet Mr Bidve's family.

His father, Subhash Bidve, has been critical of the way the British and Indian authorities have handled the case. He found out about his son's death on Facebook at home in Pune, India.

Five people have been arrested by police hunting the killer.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old man was bailed until the end of March.

Three others, a 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys, were also released on bail pending further inquiries.

Police say they are treating the murder as a "hate crime" which may have been racially motivated.

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