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UK dream gone sour: Indian desperate to be deported

world Updated: Mar 20, 2010 16:43 IST

In a sordid tale of illegal immigration, an Indian national is desperate to be deported and return to Punjab after his dream of a better life in Britain ended up living in squalor and filth on the streets of Leicester.

The town in east Midlands has a large community of Indian-origin people who are successful in different walks of life, but the sight and story of 32-year-old Sarbjit Singh living on the streets is making more news as local officials and MPs try to help him return to India.

Singh, who paid human traffickers to smuggle him into Britain seven years ago, is living on the Greenlane Road in Leicester for the last four months, along with another illegal immigrant, Ashok Masah (40).

Both do not have any documents to prove their identities.

The two Indians, who have been caught in a maze of immigration and bureaucratic procedures, have refused help from local welfare organizations.

Labour MP from Leicester, Keith Vaz, has urged the immigration minister to intervene.

While Singh has spoken about his plight, Masah's story is less known because he has refused to speak to anyone. Their 'home' since late last year is a stretch of pavement next to a factory's ventilation system, which blows out hot air throughout the day.