Father’s pity for son’s murderer

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THE father of a Lancaster University student shot dead in an unprovoked attack has told how he does not feel anger towards whoever killed his son.

Subhash Bidve said he felt “pity and sadness” for the person who shot his son Anuj Bidve in Salford on Boxing Day.

And Mr Bidve said he did not believe the shooting would have happened back home in India.

On Sunday, Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, Manchester, was charged with murdering Anuj following the shooting in Ordsall Lane at 1.30am on December 26.

Stapleton, who referred to himself as “Psycho Stapleton” when asked his name by Manchester magistrates on Monday, appeared at Manchester Crown Court via videolink from prison the following day and was remanded in custody until March 20.

He has yet to enter a plea.

Subhash Bidve said he hoped to secure the return of his son’s body to India in time to allow a funeral within 13 days of death as required by the family’s Hindu faith.

Speaking to the Lancaster Guardian ahead of his arrival in the UK on Wednesday along with Anuj’s mother Yogini and brother-in-law Rakesh Sonawane, Mr Bidve said the family would stay until they could arrange for Anuj’s body to be returned to India.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-01-12) for full story.