Dec. 28: An Indian woman who was driving past took Anuj Bidve, the Pune youth shot in Manchester on Monday, to a hospital where he died.
Sheetal Patel, 25, was flagged down by Anujs friends after 1.30am on Monday as she drove past the scene. The cake maker told The Guardian how she held Anujs hand, uttering reassurances that he would survive the gunshot wound because there did not appear to be an exit wound. We all thought he was going to live, she said. He was making noises. All I was saying is, Youre very strong. You are going to be all right. We just kept on trying to keep him breathing.
She said the area where the nine students from Lancaster were walking down was rough. I do not know who told them (the students) to walk to Manchester at that time of the morning through that estate.
Anuj was visiting Manchester for Christmas with nine students, all Indians, and they were making their way from the hotel to the city centre to join the revelry and those awaiting the opening of the Boxing Day sales. His friends said Anuj was checking his mobile phone GPS for directions when the group was approached by two men in Ordsall Lane, Salford, at 1.35am.
One of the men is said to have crossed the street to ask Anuj for the time and he was apparently responding in a polite manner when a handgun was pulled out and a shot was fired into the side of his head.