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The High Commission of India is deeply saddened at the unfortunate and tragic killing of Anuj Bidve, an Indian student studying at the Lancaster University in the early hours of 26 December 2011.

Following this unfortunate incident, senior officials from the Consulate General of India, Birmingham have been in touch with the Greater Manchester Police authorities and also the bereaved family members in Pune. Our shock and concern at the horrific incident has been conveyed to the authorities investigating the case along with the strong expectation that the perpetrators of the ghastly crime would be brought to justice at the earliest. The concerned authorities have also been suitably sensitized about the family’s wish to have the dead body repatriated to India at the earliest. The authorities have assured us of their fullest cooperation.

The High Commission of India understands that in cases of this nature, a second inquest may be necessary, including with a view to strengthening the case of the prosecution. The High Commission of India hopes that this process will be completed at the earliest, so that the body could be released and repatriated to India in consonance with the request of the bereaved family.

The Lancaster University authorities have also been requested by the Consulate General of India to provide necessary support and care to the friends of the deceased who were present at the time of the tragic incident. The response of the Lancaster University has been sympathetic and supportive.

The Consulate General of India and the High Commission would be extending all possible assistance to the bereaved family, including for the repatriation of the body. At this difficult moment, our thoughts are with them.

28th December 2011

Dec 28, 2011
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