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Anuj Bidve shooting: Police to 'reassure' Ordsall residents

Anuj Bidve
Image caption Anuj Bidve, 23, had been studying at Lancaster University

Every house in the area where an Indian student was shot dead on Boxing Day is to be visited by police in an effort to reassure residents.

Anuj Bidve, 23, was shot in the head at close range as he walked along Ordsall Lane, Salford.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, has been charged with his murder.

Police said they would try to visit every house in Ordsall to answer any questions and concerns residents might have about the shooting.

Mr Bidve, a Lancaster University student, died while he was visiting Greater Manchester with friends over the festive period.

'Anxious and worried'

He was shot as they walked along Ordsall Lane at about 01:30 GMT and died in hospital.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan said: "Of course [residents] are worried, and there's huge anxiety in the community.

"We're in the process of visiting every home in Ordsall, and we had several meetings in the community last week.

"What the community is telling us is that they are very anxious and worried, but they want to stick with the area."

Mr Bidve's family are travelling to Manchester from India to take his body home.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the family were expected to visit the place where Mr Bidve was shot on Friday.

The Bidve family will also meet Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, in Westminster.

Mr Vaz said: "I am pleased to welcome the Bidve family to Parliament. They have shown great dignity following the terrible circumstances of their son's death. This must be a very difficult time for them.

"We must reassure foreign students we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety in the UK."

On Tuesday, Mr Stapleton, who described himself in court as "Psycho Stapleton" when he appeared before magistrates, was remanded in custody until his next hearing at Manchester Crown Court in March.

A provisional trial date in the case has been set for 25 June.

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