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Anuj Bidve Murder, £50K Reward, And A Very Modern Problem

Facebook posting tells family of son's death before police

Published on December 30th 2011.


Anuj Bidve Murder, £50K Reward, And A Very Modern Problem

THIS is the latest police release about the murder of Anuj Bidve. It introduces an element unheard of until recent times. Some person posted his death on Facebook before the police could track down the relatives. Ridiculous and tragic.

UPDATE 30/12/2011, 4.50pm: Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, who has overall command for the operation, said: "I am today announcing a £50,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Anuj Bidve's murder."

ASSISTANT Chief Constable Dawn Copley, who has overall command for the operation, said: "Firstly I want to personally extend my sympathies to all of Anuj's family. This is a despicable and senseless murder that has shocked everyone and the Bidve family are going through something no family should ever have to endure.

A Family Liaison Officer was quickly put in place after Anuj's murder who made exhaustive inquiries to try and inform the family and deliver the awful news personally. Unfortunately, as the officer was attempting to contact the family through the right channels, a post was put on Facebook. 

"I want to reassure the family that staff across the whole of Greater Manchester Police are working on this investigation night and day to bring those responsible for Anuj's murder to justice. 

"We know that Mr Bidve has spoken to the media about finding out on a social networking site that Anuj had been murdered. Sadly, that was the case. That is not the way anyone should have to find out something so devastating and we completely understand how upset the family are. 

"A Family Liaison Officer was quickly put in place after Anuj's murder who made exhaustive inquiries to try and inform the family and deliver the awful news personally. Unfortunately, as the officer was attempting to contact the family through the right channels, a post was put on Facebook. Social networking is instantaneous and we have no control over when and what people post on such sites, but no-one should hear such tragic news in this way. 

"Since then, we have had two Family Liaison Officers in regular contact with Anuj's immediate family and those who speak on his behalf to keep them updated about every step of the progress of the investigation. Greater Manchester Police is also working very hard to bring the family over to Manchester as soon as possible. For reasons beyond the family's control, it is unlikely they will be able to do so until early next week so the Force is putting plans in place to send officers to India to offer support.

"We also know Mr Bidve has spoken about the urgency of having his son's body released. We understand how important this is for the family and we are working closely with the coroner to ensure the family can bring Anuj’s body home as soon as possible. The body cannot be released at this stage of the investigation but we are doing everything we can to respect the family's wish. 

"In the last hour, we have bailed a 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys arrested on suspicion of murder pending further inquiries. This is a complex, fast-moving investigation and two people remain in custody so I cannot comment any further on the investigation. I would however appeal to anyone who knows anything to come forward as your information could be vital to helping us identify who was responsible for Anuj's murder and give the family the answers they deserve."

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Simon TurnerJanuary 3rd 2012.

GMP say they made every effort to contact this poor boy's family, but as his father said on TV yesterday, his mobile phone contained phone numbers for both parents and GMP had possession of the phone. Is there a reason why the GMP didn't call thse numbers???

StretfordSimonJanuary 3rd 2012.

Perhaps the phone had some sort of PIN or password protection? If so, some sort of technical expert would be required to make sure the phone's data is not damaged or lost. Even then, were the contacts labelled 'Mum' and 'Dad'?

The police would have needed to contact Lancaster University and get the emergency contact details he would have put on record with them. This is at whatever AM on Boxing Day. Even during a normal working day each step would take minutes at best, yet it takes seconds for a Facebook post to travel round the world.

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