Funeral held for Indian student killed in Britain

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2012 12:44 AM
Funeral held for Indian student killed in Britain

Hundreds of grieving friends and relatives of an Indian student who was killed in Britain have attended his funeral in western India.

Twenty-three-year-old Anuj Bidve was fatally shot Dec. 26 during a night out in Salford, a city in northern England. A 20-year-old man, Kiaran Stapleton, has been charged with his murder.

The apparently unprovoked shooting shocked people in Britain. There has been speculation that the killing may have had a racial motive.

Bidve's parents traveled to England to bring his body back to his western Indian hometown of Pune, where the funeral was held late Saturday.

The cremation was a simple affair. Relatives had informed reporters that there would no rituals or speeches.