Keith attended the start of the trial for the murder of Anuj Bidve in Manchester on Monday. He met with the Bidve family, whom he has been in close contact with since the tragic death of their son on Boxing Day.
He welcomed the Bidve family to Parliament when they came to the UK to meet with the police and collect Anuj’s body in January, and subsequently visited them in Mumbai, to hand over the donations of the Anuj Bidve Memorial Fund, from members of the public and well-wishers.
Mr Vaz has also spoken out to reassure overseas students that Britain is a safe place to live and study, and visited India earlier this year to encourage Indian students to make UK universities their destination of choice. He raised the matter in person with the Indian Home Minister, P. Chidambaram.
“I am very concerned that the Bidves have all the support they need at this very difficult time. Greater Manchester Police have done an excellent job on this case. I am sure that this trial will be fair and an opportunity to allow the family closure.
It is vital that we send out the message that Britain is a safe place for foreign students. We have world-class universities, which continue to attract top talent from across the globe. This was a deeply tragic incident, but it was a one-off and international students should feel secure here.”