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Teenager held over student shooting

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting of an Indian student as he visited a city with friends.

Anuj Bidve, 23, was gunned down at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in Salford, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Monday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said on Tuesday a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder. Earlier a 17-year-old boy was held on suspicion of murder following the execution of an arrest warrant in Salford. Both youths remain in custody for questioning.

GMP later said an adult male had also been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is being held in custody for questioning along with the two other suspects, a spokesman said.

Anuj, who was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, was part of a group of nine male and female Indian students visiting Manchester for a short break over the Christmas holidays.

Police said the students, who had not been drinking, were walking from their hotel towards the city centre and became aware of two men on the other side of the street.

The gunman, a white male in his 20s who was wearing a grey top, walked across the road and engaged the victim in a short conversation before producing the gun and shooting the student at close range to the side of the head.

The killer then ran back across the street before the pair fled on foot towards Asgard Drive and the Ordsall housing estate. Armed response units were sent to the scene at around 1.35am.

Anuj, from Pune, Maharashtra, collapsed to the ground and died at hospital a short time later.

In a statement, issued through GMP, the student's family said on Tuesday night: "Anuj was a loving son, a super caring brother and first and forever a friend for many. He valued his relationships and put them over anything else. He was the first person you could call when in trouble."


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