Friday, December 30, 2011

Facebook: bearer of bad news

Anuj Bidve, 23, was approached by a stranger and shot in the head at close range as he walked with friends near their hotel in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Yesterday police said they were treating the shooting as a hate crime.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5Live this morning, the student's father Subhash Bidve accused British authorities of failing to contact him in India to break the news of the death.

"Nobody official from the UK Government or consulate or the Indian Government called us and told us about this," he said.

"I am really surprised because they confiscated his phone and must have know his father's or mother's number. They could have called us and told us what had happened to him."

(pic: A vietcong shot in the head by the then South Vietnam police chief)