Indian-origin man missing in Manchester

London: Concern is growing for a 20-year-old Indian-origin man who has gone missing since the early hours of January 2 from a place in Manchester, which is less than 16 kilometres from where Anuj Bidve was killed on December 26.

Gurdeep Hayer, who is based in West Bormwich, travelled to Manchester on December 31 to celebrate New Year`s Eve with friends. He stayed with friends in the Fallowfield area of Manchester. The police said that Gurdeep celebrated New Year`s Eve and went out again with friends on the night of January 1. He was last seen leaving Sankeys, an entertainment centre, on his own, at 2.30am local time the following morning.

Superintendent Hughie Hardiman said: "Gurdeep`s family are clearly fraught with worry for him, as nobody has seen or heard anything from him for more than five days now. They simply want to know he is safe. We have been offering them every support and they have been assisting our ongoing inquiries. He was last seen leaving Sankeys but did not manage to make it back to his friend`s house".

When last seen Hayer was wearing a navy blue polo shirt, black or blue jeans and trainers. He is described as Asian, with a medium build, about 5ft 1 inches tall with spiky black hair with stubble, and he speaks with a Midlands accent. The police have released photos of Gurdeep to help trace him. On December 26, an Indian student, 23, was shot in the head at point-blank range as he walked with friends near their hotel in the inner-city Ordsall district of Greater Manchester in the early hours.