Student's gun murder a 'hate crime'
The murder of an Indian student who was gunned down on Boxing Day is being treated by detectives as a "hate crime" which may have been racially motivated.
Anuj Bidve, 23, was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in Salford, Greater Manchester, in the early hours.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We have not established a clear motive for the senseless murder of Anuj, and there is no definitive evidence pointing to it being racially-motivated.
"However, we are treating this as a hate crime based on the growing perceptions within the community it was motivated by hate."
A 20-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Thursday. A 16-year-old boy, two boys aged 17 and a 19-year-old man are also being held on suspicion of murder.
Mr Mulligan said the murder weapon, believed to be a small handgun, has not been found and appealed for anyone with information about it to come forward.
"As I said from the start, the solution to this, and the way we can solve this murder, this awful murder, is for members of the community to come forward with information. They can do that anonymously, but the answer to this issue lies with the community."
He said police have searched, and are still searching, a number of addresses in Salford and other parts of Greater Manchester. Forensic and ballistics investigations are being carried out and police are trawling through CCTV along with house-to-house inquiries.
According to a Facebook page set up in Mr Bidve's memory, he "was killed for not answering a simple question - 'What's the time?'".
But Mr Mulligan would not disclose what was said between the killer and his victim. He said: "At the moment all we can say was there was a short conversation. There's no reason to suggest from that conversation that the crime is racially motivated."