Anuj Bidve murder: Man charged

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of the Indian student Anuj Bidve, who was shot in the head in Salford on Boxing Day.

Kiaran Stapleton, from Ordsall, will appear at City of Manchester Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Mr Bidve, 23, had travelled to the UK from India to study at Lancaster University and was staying in Greater Manchester over the festive period.

Greater Manchester Police said a £50,000 reward remained outstanding.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, who has overall command of the inquiry, told a news conference: "This remains a complex investigation and the fact we have charged someone does not mean the investigation is complete.

"As such, we are still asking for the public to contact us with any information they may have and there remains a £50,000 reward outstanding."

Police visit

Earlier, GMP said a chief superintendent and a family liaison officer are travelling to India to meet Mr Bidve's family and representatives of the Indian authorities.

His father, Subhash Bidve, has been critical of UK and Indian authorities after learning of his son's death on Facebook before UK police could contact him.

ACC Copley said: "We know that the family are extremely distressed that Anuj's body has not been released to them.

"We have been in close contact with the coroner who is anxious to release Anuj's body to his family at the earliest possible time."

Mr Bidve, from Pune, Maharashtra, was shot at close range by a gunman in the Ordsall district of Salford in the early hours of Boxing Day.

A total of five people have been arrested by police.

Three teenagers, a 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys, were released on bail pending further inquiries.

A 19-year-old man, originally bailed, has had his bail "cancelled", police said.

Mr Bidve, a postgraduate student in micro-electronics, was described by his family as a "loving son, a super-caring brother and first and forever a friend for many".