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Salford student shooting: Four people held by police

Anuj Bidve
Image caption Lancaster University student Anuj Bidve was shot at close range

Four teenagers are being questioned by Greater Manchester Police after an Indian student was shot dead at close range in a Salford street.

A 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year old man were arrested after the murder of Lancaster University student Anuj Bidve, 23.

Mr Bidve was shot in Ordsall Lane on Monday after he and other Indian students were approached by two men.

A post-mortem examination showed he had died from a "gun trauma" to the head.

Police said he had been shot after a short conversation with his killer.

Possible motives

Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan said: "This is a fast moving investigation and we now have four people in custody.

"Those people will be questioned throughout the day by detectives and it is important we do not speculate on the possible motives for this murder.

"However, I would still appeal to anyone who has information about the murder to come forward.

"While we have made arrests, this is just the beginning of our investigation and we need people to come forward with anything they know."

He praised the Ordsall community for their help in the investigation: "[They] are clearly outraged by the murder of this young man and have come forward with information that is greatly assisting the investigation.

"We absolutely need this support to continue."

'Loving son'

He said an officer was in regular contact with the victim's family in India to keep them updated.

Mr Bidve's family said in a statement: "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.

"He enjoyed his time and life and is an inspiration for us to live life to its fullest."

Mr Bidve was a postgraduate student of micro-electronics at Lancaster University and was planning to return to India to work there.

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