Battle to save city volunteer

Sushilanada Sraman is facing deportation
Sushilanada Sraman is facing deportation
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Determined Sheffield community groups are fighting to prevent a Buddhist monk being deported to his native country of Bangladesh.

Sushilanada Sraman arrived in the UK in 2005 and has been staying in Gleadless Valley since 2011.

He fled his home country after being accused of murder, fearing he would not get a fair trial.

Campaigners claim Sushilanada, know as Sushil, had the murder pinned on him by fundamentalists, and he is innocent.

Sushil, aged 44, was convicted of the crime and sentenced in absentia.

Now, following problems with his claim for asylum in the UK, Sushil has been detained at a immigration detention centre in Lincoln, and is booked on a flight to Bangladesh tomorrow.

If deported he will be imprisoned for the murder and campaigners claim his life will be in danger.

During his time in Sheffield, Sushil volunteered at the City of Sanctuary’s multi-agency drop-in sessions to raise awareness about the dangers of extremism.

Sheffield community groups battling to keep Sushil in the UK have put their concerns forward to Home Secretary Theresa May and Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley.

They have pleaded with the MPs to stop the deportation and to personally consider Sushil’s case.

Gina Clayton, chair of the charity ASSIST Sheffield, said: “Sushil is caught in a situation where complex legal rules make it hard for him to prove his case, but people who know him are confident his fears are well-founded. If they are right, his situation will be terrible.”

Ms Munn said: “I have recently been made aware of Sushilanada Sraman’s situation and the problems he faced in Bangladesh.

“I am seeking more information and liaising with the authorities to ensure his situation is properly considered.”

To sign a petition being sent to Ms May, search for Sushilanada Sraman on Facebook.