University bosses name new clinic in memory of former student murdered in Sri Lanka

Khuram-ShaikhKhuram Shaikh was shot and stabbed to death on Christmas Day in 2011 while on holiday in the southern tourist resort of Tangalle

University bosses have named a new clinic in memory of a former student and Red Cross worker murdered on holiday in Sri Lanka.

The University of Salford has named the clinic, in the Brian Blatchford Building, after Khuram Shaikh – a former orthotics and prosthetics student killed on Christmas Day in 2011.

Mr Shaikh died at the southern tourist resort of Tangalle after being shot and stabbed.

His family, backed by politicians, visited Sri Lanka to demand justice, critical of the time it took to prosecute those responsible.

The family’s campaign led to Prince Charles and David Cameron raising the issue with the Sri Lankan authorities.

Politician Sampath Vidanapathirana and three others were sentenced earlier this year over the 32-year-old’s murder and a brutal attack on his girlfriend.

Mr Shaikh was a well-respected alumnus of the university. Following his graduation, he became an aid worker with the Red Cross and other international organisations.

Nasser Shaikh, Khuram Shaikh’s brother, with Hanna and Herra Shaikh, opening the new centre 

Helping people in some of the world’s most deprived areas, he used his expertise in prosthetics in places such as the Gaza Strip.

Khuram ShaikhHead of the School of Health Sciences, Professor Sue Braid, said: “The entire university community was shocked by the brutal murder of Khuram.

“Since his death we have sought to support the family’s fight for justice and have been inspired by their strength and determination in what has been the most difficult of times.

“Khuram dedicated his life to helping people in the most deprived parts of the world, using the skills he learned here in Salford to fit prosthetic limbs to people affected by conflict. This work gave so many people a new lease of life.

“This new clinic will give future students the skills to continue his legacy and is a fitting tribute to a much-missed University alumnus.”

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who campaigned to bring Khuram’s killers to justice, said: “I’m really pleased that the University of Salford is remembering Khuram in this way, celebrating his life and the contribution he was making. That’s what he lived for – to help others.

“It is in this building where his hopes and dreams grew, from here he went on to help people right across the world.”

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