No time to say goodbye

KIRKCALDY;'KISHOR DANGOL, whose portrait  features in "Accepted in Fife", a collection of portraits of multicultural fife.'Photo : Walter Neilson
KIRKCALDY;'KISHOR DANGOL, whose portrait features in "Accepted in Fife", a collection of portraits of multicultural fife.'Photo : Walter Neilson
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FRIENDS and supporters of a Nepalese asylum seeker who made Kirkcaldy his home for the past 12 years have spoken of their sadness at his deportation.

Kishor Dangol (48) was put on a plane back to Nepal on Thursday morning - without being given a chance to say goodbye to his friends or collect his personal belongings.

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP and close friend, said he was ‘very disappointed’ at the way Kishor had been treated.

He told The Press: “It is a huge loss to the community. I sent a letter to the Home Office asking them to reconsider but didn’t even receive a response. I am absolutely gutted at the way this has been done.

“He asked me to thank everyone for all their support over the years and to say goodbye on his behalf.”

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Naeem Khalid, co-ordinator of Fairness Race Awareness and Equality Fife (FRAE), said it was ‘very sad and very shocking’.

“Mentally Kishor has been very strong and been very optimistic, but he will miss his friends and his life here. It will be hard for him to adjust.

‘’He did a lot of voluntary work in Kirkcaldy, particularly environmental work such as planting trees and beach clean ups. He is a very kind and sincere man and will be missed.”

Sally Walsh, secretary of Seafield Environmental Group, said: “Kishor believed in the system and it failed him. He is an inspiration. He showed us that whatever situation you are in, you can participate and contribute to your community.

“Kishor is an individual who has consistently showed the best of himself as a law abiding citizen. I will continue doing our work at Seafield beach - but I’m afraid it may take a while to find someone to replace him.

She added: “He is like a brother to me and all of us, his friends, will miss him terribly.”